Elisabeth Hasselbeck is out as co-host of “Fox & Friends.”
She cited the desire to spend more time with her children as the reason in a statement Monday:
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 & 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. 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.
In his own statement Ailes praised the mother of three.
“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,” he wrote. “She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise.”
Fox News confirmed the announcement in a press release Monday:
“Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced today that she will step down from her role as co-host of Fox & Friends on FOX News Channel (FNC) and depart the network at the end of the year. She has decided to put her career in television on hold while she raises her three children. A variety of rotating co-hosts will take Hasselbeck’s seat until a replacement is named.
Since September 2013, Hasselbeck has been a co-host on the number one rated cable news morning program alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, During her tenure at FNC, Fox & Friends continued to eclipse the cable news competition in total viewers and Adults 25-54, and remained number one in basic cable during its 6-9AM timeslot.”
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