Five-and-a-half years after she left The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to the table to promote her new book about her time on the show, out today, titled Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom.
Hasselbeck joined the legendary ABC daytime program as co-host and conservative voice on the panel in November 2003, and left on July 10, 2013. She made her debut as a co-host on Fox & Friends two months later (Sept. 16, 2013). Hasselbeck then left Fox & Friends in December 2015, and her eventual replacement was Ainsley Earhardt, who joined the show in February 2016.
“I feel like I grew up here,” Hasselbeck remarked about her time on The View. “I had babies here, it’s like a family—so this actually feels really good. I have to say, I’m thankful.”
Hasselbeck also addressed her controversial departure from the show, telling her former colleagues:
“I was pridefully wounded. I think that’s what it was, to be honest … I’m a loyal person so I really felt, in a way probably a dose of betrayal, which is why when I went out to write this book, I didn’t know the path that God would take me on to get my heart to where [Joy] was already … It was probably one of the better, difficult things that has happened to me where I can look back on that time and that challenge and it pushed me to a new place and it really made me rely a lot less on my own abilities and a lot more on what God can do.”
Hasselbeck also addressed her longtime feud with another former co-host, Rosie O’Donnell.