TVNewser has confirmed that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving Fox News Channel and her co-hosting gig on Fox & Friends to spend more time with her family. Hasselbeck will remain with the network through the end of the year with a variety of rotating co-hosts filling in on Fox & Friends until a permanent replacement is named.
“Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things. Throughout my 14 years working in television, I have never experienced a more positive and thoughtful atmosphere than Fox News Channel, thanks to the strong leadership of [Fox News chairman and CEO] Roger Ailes, who has created the best working environment a woman and mother could ask for. His understanding, compassion, and kindness was exemplified when I shared with him that I am entering into a season where I want to start my day with my children first, and he offered his blessing to do so,” Hasselbeck said. “With a heart full of gratitude and the peace that God has given me, I am confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family, and we will be joining all of you watching Fox & Friends each morning as we get ready for school together.”
Prior to joining FNC, Hasselbeck was a co-host on ABC’s The View. She’s been a co-host of FNC’s morning show since 2013 alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.
“Elisabeth and I discussed this at length over several weeks, and while I would love for her to continue here, I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision. She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise,” Ailes said.