Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the longtime lone conservative voice on ABC’s “The View,” is leaving that show to join Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” on weekdays. She’ll be replacing Gretchen Carlson who will be moving on to her own Fox News show.
“I have been a long-time fan of ‘Fox & Friends’ and am excited to be joining their team in September as it is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home,” Hasselbeck said in a written Fox News Channel announcement according to ABC News.
Wednesday, Hasselbeck will be winding down at “The View” and bidding her co-hosts there adieu. She started there in 2003.
“For a decade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has brought her passion and strong beliefs to ‘The View,’” ABC said in a statement. “We watched her journey from newlywed to motherhood, an Emmy Award-winning talk show host, author, entrepreneur and activist. She stood behind her political views even if they were not the most popular opinions at the table never shying away from voicing a difficult question. We thank Elisabeth and wish her luck as she begins this new chapter of her career.”
Hasselbeck first came to public attention as a member of the final four in season two of “Survivor.”
“When Elisabeth survived ‘Survivor,’ we wanted to make sure she would stay afloat,” said Barbara Walters, executive producer of “The View.” “We have had 10 wonderful years with her and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
Hasselbeck will be sitting on the curvy couch beginning in September, along with her new co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.
“Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on ‘The View,’” Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a written statement. “She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise.”
Her friends at BizPac Review wish her well also.
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