Elisabeth Hasselbeck to step down as ‘Fox & Friends’ co-host

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Elisabeth Hasselbeck to depart ‘Fox & Friends’.

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. 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.” In commenting on her announcement, Ailes said: “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.

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. When Hasselbeck took over from Gretchen Carlson in July 2013, she honored and perpetuated the show’s traditions of close-mindedness and offensiveness.

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