Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving ‘The View’ and Joining ‘Fox and Friends’

Via Fox News:

“The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be joining Fox News Channel in  September to co-host the top-rated morning show “Fox & Friends.”

Hasselbeck will be replacing current co-host Gretchen Carlson, who will begin  anchoring her own daytime show in the fall.

“Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View,” Fox  News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement Tuesday. “She has proven  to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great  addition to our already successful morning franchise.”

Hasselbeck, who has co-hosted the Emmy award–winning “The View” on ABC since  2003, said in a statement she feels it is an “honor” to call Fox News Channel  her new television home.

“We have had ten wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming  in new waters,” Hasselbeck’s current co-host Barbara Walters said. “We will miss  her and wish her everything good.”

Hasselbeck, an outspoken conservative, often clashed with her more liberal  co-hosts during her 10-year stint on “The View.”

She was a keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in both 2004  and 2008, and has interviewed Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama during her  career.

Reports emerged in March Hasselbeck would be leaving the show but ABC at the  time said Hasselbeck was under a long-term contract.



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