Teary Elisabeth Hasselbeck Talks ‘Fox & Friends’ Exit: “Kids Need the Best of …

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Gets Emotional as She Announces Fox & Friends Departure to Become “Chief Breakfast Officer”.

A day after Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced that she would be stepping down as Fox & Friends co-host, she took a few minutes on Tuesday’s edition of the Fox News morning show to talk about her decision.

An emotional Hasselbeck said that she will be leaving the show in “about a month” for a “new position as CBO, Chief Breakfast Officer,” with her family. Hasselbeck will put television on hold while raising her three children, the network said. “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”, she continued. “Oftentimes, the most hard decisions are between two great things. Appearing to fight back tears and sounding as though her voice was breaking, Hasselbeck said, “Outside of today and my last day, I will declare the time a no-cry zone but I will permit emotion to run where it is permitted to run.” She also elaborated on how it was a difficult decision to step away from her role at Fox News to raise her family and praised Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. “This is a decision I’m making and I feel the peace of God about it. She added: “I’m going to spend this time with the kids in the mornings, start their day off right…Mornings at home, right now, in our lives, are better with mommy…I pray that God will be with me in this decision. 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.

It’s a hard decision because I’ve had the blessing and privilege of working for the best boss in the business, the most powerful man in the business, Mr. 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.

During her time there, she was often embroiled in controversy for her conservative views, which were rumored to have led to feuds with some co-hosts, most notably Barbara Walters. He is the best man I have worked for.” Acknowledging her co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, Hasselbeck shared: “It’s hard because of all of you. Ailes said in a statement Monday, “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.” Hasselbeck joined the cable news channel after several years as a panelist on ABC’s The View. Around this time previous year, she had a slight cancer scare and had to take a hiatus from “Fox & Friends”, but luckily it turned out to be nothing serious. “People are dying left and right”, Hasselbeck cried after a 2014 report on a USA rescue operation of Yazidis from ISIS controlled territory in Iraq.

A tumor was discovered on her abdomen, and while she said it wasn’t cancerous, it still needed to be removed as quickly as possible. “I’m recovering,” Hasselbeck told Us Weekly during a November, 2014, interview. “I definitely feel better every day. I couldn’t be more thankful and mindful of the gift that is a clean bill of health and a benign report.” Elisabeth and her husband, retired NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, and their three children, currently reside in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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