Fox and Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced on Monday that she will be leaving the program at the end of the year to spend time with her family.
Hasselbeck 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.
Hassebeck, 38, and her husband, former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have three children together: Grace, 10, Taylor, 8, and Isaiah, 6.
The Fox and Friends co-host came to the program in 2013 after a decade long run as the voice of conservatism on The View, where she often clashed with liberal costars Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg, People reports. Hasselbeck originally gained national notoriety as a contestant on CBS’ Survivor in 2001.
Fox News head Roger Ailes said in the statement, “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 has been a great addition to the ‘Fox & Friends’ franchise.”
With Hasselbeck on board, Fox and Friends remained the number one cable news program in the 6-9am slot, according to the network.
Fox News stated that “a variety of rotating co-hosts will take Hasselbeck’s seat until a replacement is named.”