Elisabeth Hasselbeck Exits The View to Join Fox News
Elisabeth Hasselbeck | Photo Credits: Heidi Gutman/ABC/Getty Images
Hasselbeck, who joined The View in 2002 as a replacement for Lisa Ling, will exit the ABC daytime series and join FOX & Friends as a co-host, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A rep for the ABC daytime show says Wednesday will be her last day.
"Elisabeth's warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View," FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a 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."
The news comes less than four months after Barbara Walters knocked down reports that Hasselbeck would not be returning after this season. But on Tuesday, Walters joined in on the announcement of her colleague's departure. "When Elisabeth survived Survivor we wanted to make sure she would stay afloat," she said in a statement. "We have had ten wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good."
ABC also released a statement: "For a decade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has brought her passion and strong beliefs to The View. 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."
Over the years, the former Survivor contestant made a name for herself for her outspoken nature and conservative views, which clashed with guests as well as her colleagues. Hasselbeck sparred with Rosie O'Donnell multiple times throughout O'Donnell's year-long tenure, most notably about the war in Iraq. She won a Daytime Emmy, along with the rest of the ladies of The View, for best talk show hosts in 2009.
The news follows reports that Jenny McCarthy is in talks to replace Joy Behar when the comedian leaves The View in August. Brooke Shields is also allegedly in talks to replace Hasselbeck, while the show will need to search for another new face next year when Barbara Walters retires in May. The show's other two hosts, Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg, are expected to return.
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