Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the desk at “The View” for the couch on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Fox News announced and “The View” confirmed.
“I have been a long-time fan of “Fox & Friends” and am excited to be joining their team in September as it is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home,” Hasselbeck said in a written Fox News Channel announcement.
The 36-year-old wife and mother of three will join regular Fox & Friends presenters Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade in mid-September. Their longtime cohost Gretchen Carlson has inked a deal for her own daytime talk show on the network, to start airing in early fall.
“For a decade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has brought her passion and strong beliefs to ‘The View,’” ABC said in a statement.
“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.”
The departure of Hasselbeck, the conservative voice of the bunch, signals a changing of the guard on the talk show – Joy Behar announced she’d be leaving at the end of the current season, and Barbara Walters announced she’ll be retiring in 2014. The announcement comes on the heels of reports that Jenny McCarthy is poised to take up Behar’s spot at the end of the summer.
Hasselbeck’s more conservative views often caused her to entertainingly butt heads over the years with the likes of former cohost Rosie O’Donnell Joy Behar, and Whoopi Goldberg.
However, a rep for The View also said in March that Hasselbeck had “a long-term contract.”
Barbara Walters chimed in on Hasselbeck’s departure in the announcement. “We have had 10 wonderful years with Elisabeth, and she will now be swimming in new waters,” said the TV news veteran. “We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
Hasselbeck joined The View in 2003, replacing Lisa Ling, and is the author of two New York Times bestellers, The G-Free Diet (that’s gluten to you) and Deliciously G-Free.
Before joining The View, Elisabeth was best known as a contestant in 2001 on Survivor: The Australian Outback in which she finished in fourth place overall.
She appeared in 2008 at Republican rallies in Florida and said she ‘loved’ Sarah Palin as she introduced the vice-president candidate during the campaign for the White House won by Democrats, says the Daily Mail.
The reshuffling on the cable news network comes a week after it announced Megyn Kelly, its longtime anchor of its popular daytime show “America Live,” would be receiving her own evening show when she returns from maternity leave. Details on that transition are still under wraps, reports the LA Times.
Elisabeth in 2002 married her college boyfriend Tim Hasselbeck, an analyst for ESPN and former professional American football quarterback. They have a daughter and two boys together.