Tragedy Strikes: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaves Fox & Friends to Spend Time With Her Kids

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On Monday, Fox News announced that Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be leaving her cream-colored leather seat between Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. According to Deadline, the third slot on the show will be occupied by rotating hosts.

Hasselbeck joined the program in 2013 after almost ten years at The View. Her television career began when she competed in the 2001 season of Survivor.

“Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things,” Hasselbeck said in a statement.

“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 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.


“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,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. “She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise.”

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Her kids are older now, no? I am loving that she won’t be on TV any longer (even though I don’t watch to begin with) but suspect her reason is BS.