Hasselbeck: Fox News feels like home
This Aug. 2013 photo released by FOX News shows, from left, Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade in New York. Hasselbeck debuts as Doocy and Kilmeade's new partner on "Fox & Friends" Monday, Sept 16, 2013. (AP Photo/FOX News)
NEW YORK (AP) — To Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the "Fox & Friends" morning show felt like home long before she actually got to work there.
It was regular viewing at home for Hasselbeck, whose 10 years on "The View" ended in July. She'll debut as Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade's new partner on "Fox & Friends" Monday, after the departing Gretchen Carlson offered farewells Friday.
"I'd almost make the analogy that it's being called up to play for one of your favorite teams in the major leagues," said Hasselbeck, whose opening week will include a series of reports with the cast of "Duck Dynasty."
Although its viewership is typically less than a quarter of leading broadcast morning show "Good Morning America," ''Fox & Friends" thoroughly dominates cable. It is averaging 1.1 million viewers a day this year, the Nielsen company said. MSNBC's "Morning Joe" is at 392,000. CNN's "New Day" has averaged 308,000 viewers since its launch in the spring, enabling the network to slip past "Morning Express" on sister network HLN (249,000).
Carlson, a former Miss America, will get her own show on Fox's afternoon lineup.
She was serenaded by Gloria Estefan on her final day at "F&F" Friday, and watched a clip reel of past exploits: skipping rope, shooting basketballs, doing pushups, singing a Christmas carol and sharply questioning Robert Gibbs.
As Hasselbeck rehearsed for her new job last week, Fox News executive Bill Shine jokingly called her a "survivor." He wasn't referring to her time spent on a tropical island with Jeff Probst.
Her conservative viewpoints often left her alone among her co-hosts on "The View," or the subject of barbs from the also-departed Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg. Hasselbeck said everybody has challenging days on the job, whether they're in broadcasting, medicine or education.
If they haven't had challenging days, "there hasn't been that growth moment," she said. "I've had the privilege of having a lot of growth during those 10 years, let's just say that."
FILE - This Feb. 11, 2010 file photo shows TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2010 fashion show in New York. Hasselbeck debuts as Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade's new partner on "Fox & Friends" Monday, Sept 16, 2013, after the departing Gretchen Carlson offered farewells on Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
On her last day in July, Hasselbeck was magnanimous, particularly to "The View" creator Barbara Walters and Goldberg, but clear-eyed. She left the day after her hiring at Fox was announced.