Elisabeth Hasselbeck Steps Down from Fox News to Focus on Family

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck announces she is leaving Fox & Friends.

Fox & Friends is losing a friend. NEW YORK, N.Y. – Elisabeth Hasselbeck said Monday that she’s leaving as one of the three co-hosts on the “Fox & Friends” morning show to spend more time with her three children.

Though that stated reason has a long history of flimsiness, the Erik Wemple Blog has no reason to believe it’s not actually the case for Hasselbeck, a former mainstay on ABC’s “The View.” She said in a statement: “Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things. 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 [Fox News Chairman & CEO] 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. The host kicked things off by showing exclusive video footage of a “crazed mob of Syrian refugees” entering the country, before they realized it was actually just Walmart shoppers on Black Friday. “Why are we supposed to give special treatment to black Fridays?” Vanessa Bayer’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked. On The View she regularly clashed with co-hosts including Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell on subjects including women’s reproductive rights and the war in Iraq.

In her opinion, “All Fridays Matter.” Next up was an interview with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as played by Kate McKinnon. “You people and your xenophobia, you make me so nuts!” she said, telling them that her tightly curled hair starts out straight before she turns on Fox every morning. She and her husband, former pro football quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have two boys and a girl between the ages of 6 and 10. “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.” Hasselbeck first received attention as a contestant in the CBS game “Survivor.” ”Fox & Friends” was parodied this past weekend on “Saturday Night Live,” with Hasselbeck’s character complaining about coverage for the upcoming Black Friday shopping day. Following last week’s “The Adventures of Young Ben Carson” sketch, we were treated to a present-day Carson, who swore he was all “fired up” about the Syrian refugee issue. “I would ask that viewers at home turn their volume down because I might get crazy!” he said in his usual low energy style. “Well, dealing with the Islamists is simple,” Carson told the hosts. “First we would say, ‘You can’t come into this country until I see you eat bacon while singing a Christmas carol,’” he suggested. “Or all refugees will be given Mad Libs with the phrase ‘death to blank.’ Anyone who writes ‘America’ won’t be allowed inside America.” When the Fox host noted that Carson seems pretty calm about the whole thing, the candidate replied, “Oh, I’m like a koala bear. The host of the No 1-rated morning cable show has described herself as neither a conservative nor a liberal but has been a staunch Republican supporter. She had also served as a contributor to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Additionally, Hasselbeck was a keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in both 2004 and 2008, and has interviewed Presidents George W.

On the outside I may seem nice, but on the inside, I’ve never held elected office.” In lieu of its usual list of corrections, the hosts checked in with the Fox News fact-checker, played by an exasperated Leslie Jones. “Y’all gonna have me up all night!” she told them. When Hasselbeck took over from Gretchen Carlson in July 2013, she honored and perpetuated the show’s traditions of close-mindedness and offensiveness. She also introduced former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin at several rallies. “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. With this opening sketch and an Adele-themed commercial parody that followed—and also included references to the refugee issue—the show demonstrated that it is now ready to start wringing comedy out of the aftermath.

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