Elisabeth Hasselbeck holds back tears as she explains her tough decision to leave Fox & Friends

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It was an emotional morning Tuesday on the set of “Fox & Friends” as Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke about her decision to leave the show.

In a statement, Monday, the 38-year-old mother of three, announced she would be leaving the Fox morning news show that she has co-hosted for two years so she could spend more time with her family.

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Addressing her decision for the first time on-air, Hasselbeck emotionally shared that she was taking on a new position as “CBO – chief breakfast officer,” in her home with children, 10-year-old Grace Elisabeth, 8-year-old Taylor Thomas and 6-year-old Isaiah Timothy, as well as her husband, ex-NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

“I’ve had the privilege and honor of bringing you the news, rather than being it,” Hasselbeck said. “I have a ton of respect for you all here and you at home, so I want to share with you what’s been on my heart.”

“I am, as I said, taking a new position as CBO – chief breakfast officer – at our house with the kids and that does mean that in about a month I’ll be leaving my Fox News family,” she said.

Addressing the difficult choice many women make as they choose between career and family, Hasselbeck said she was confident in her decision and felt “the peace of God about it.” “This is a hard decision many women in business and work make…it’s a hard decision because I’ve had the blessing and privilege of working for the best boss in the business – the most powerful man in the business – Mr Roger Ailes,” Hasselbeck said, referring to the Fox CEO.

“I pray that my kids and my daughter, as a working woman, as it comes her time, will have the honor of working for someone like him who understands a working mom’s heart,” she said.

Holding back tears, Hasselbeck thanked the show’s crew and co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade for giving her such a warm welcome to the morning show. Arriving at the Fox program in 2013, Hasselbeck left her position as commentator on “The View,” replacing out-going Gretchen Carlson. Twitter users were quick to let her know she made the right decision.


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