Fox News Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck Just Made A HUGE Announcement That’ll Shock Fans

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.”

WATCH The Tense Moment This Fox Host Asks Dem 1 Tough Question He Won’t Answer

The debate over whether Syrian refugees should be allowed into the United States and if so, how many, has been heating up after last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, particularly since the terrorists who committed the atrocity are believed to have been posing as refugees.

The recent debate between Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney and Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) on Varney’s show grew heated as Varney argued with the congressman over whether the flow of Syrian refugees to the U.S. should be paused.

Moulton contended that the bill passed by Congress on Thursday to pause the refugee program so that applicants could be more thoroughly vetted would in fact allow ISIS to “recruit people here at home.”

Varney quickly jumped in: “You think that by letting more in, we de-radicalize? That’s illogical!”

Varney asked the Democrat if he would take responsibility if “just one” of the Syrian refugees murdered an American.

Moulton dodged the question, but Varney wouldn’t give up.

Varney asked: “I’ll ask it again. We bring in these refugees and one of them- just one of them- kills an American, will you take responsibility?”

Moulton then said that he “takes responsibility” for his vote against the bill to pause the Syrian refugee program.

The bill passed on Thursday was veto-proof: it received the support of 242 Republicans as well as 47 Democrats.

Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), one of the congressmen who introduced the bill, said: “We are a nation at war. The streets of Paris could just as easily have been the streets of New York, Chicago, Houston, or Los Angeles…We must take decisive action to show the American people that we are doing all we can to protect them.”

Watch: Muslim Woman Goes On Fox News Wearing Something That Has Everyone Buzzing

A Muslim woman sought to convey that her faith and patriotism are not mutually exclusive by wearing an American flag hijab on Fox News on Wednesday.

Saba Ahmed, 30, the founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition, appeared on The Kelly File in a segment with Trump campaign spokesman Katrina Pierson to discuss the candidate’s recent statement that some mosques may have to be shut down. 

During an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe earlier this week, Trump was asked whether he would consider closing mosques that have radicalized leadership, which is a move the French are reportedly going to take. “I would hate to do it, but it is something you’re going to have to strongly consider, because some of the ideas and some of the hatred, the absolute hatred is coming from these areas,” he said

Kelly questioned Pierson, saying that the argument against such an action is the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion. “We don’t have the right to plot terrorism and kill Americans,” the Trump spokeswoman responded.

Kelly then turned to Ahmed, who said, “Megyn, we go to the mosque to pray” adding, “You wouldn’t shut down churches because there were one or two Christians who were acting badly.”

Pierson pointed to the example of 2013’s Boston Marathon Bombing, as a case in point of bad leadership in the mosque that may have contributed to the terrorist plot. She said that the “founder of that mosque is in prison right now for plotting terrorism. Not to mention, the ones who have followed after him.”

Pierson added that the Department of Justice has shut down churches with leadership engaged in illegal activity in the past. 

Based on the online reaction, Ahmed’s strongest statement appeared to be her attire choice. She told the New York Daily News after the Fox interview, “I just wanted to show that Muslim Americans celebrate our patriotism, too,” she said. “So I went on the show wearing the flag to show that we’re proud Americans. We want to live in peace. And what ISIS is doing doesn’t represent our religion, and we shouldn’t be targeted because of a few bad people.”

Many were supportive of Ahmed…

…while others were not:


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Watch: Fox News Guy Reveals Everything Wrong With Obama’s Paris Response

Barack Obama has faced mounting criticism in the days since last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, with many Americans lamenting his reluctance to address the war on radical Islam with a new, more effective strategy. During a recent exchange on Fox News Channel’s The Five, Jesse Watters recounted Obama’s response to the carnage, describing it at one point as “crazy.”

He began by admitting he was “actually surprised” to see any reaction at all from the president.

“Obama usually golfs and flies to fundraisers after terrorist attacks,” Watters asserted. “This time, I think he released five guys from Gitmo and then showed up late to a moment of silence for the victims.”

In a reference to another Parisian massacre, January’s attack on the staff of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, he added: “I’m surprised that sending James Taylor over last time didn’t really help.”

Watters then criticized Obama’s priorities, opining that he has “been so distracted fighting the war on cops he forgot that there was a war on terror.”

As for the rhetoric the Obama administration continues to advance regarding America’s approach to ISIS, he continued:

Obama is lying to us. And that’s why he got so testy with the press; because the press usually just shines his shoes. He says we have ISIS contained. We don’t. He says we have a strategy. We don’t. He says [the Paris attack is] a ‘setback.’ No, it’s not, because you have to be winning to have a setback.

Is the Obama administration’s approach to global terrorism sufficient? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Watch: Obama Spokesman Goes On Fox News And Elisabeth Hasselbeck Can’t Contain Her Anger

With President Obama shrugging off the massive terror attack in Paris as merely a “setback,” and Sec. of State John Kerry apparently saying that terror attacks are justified, Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck had Obama spokesman Josh Earnest on to discuss these weak replies to ISIS. Earnest tried desperately to spin his way out of it all, but Hasselbeck pounced on him for it.

The interview was enlivened as Earnest spent more time complaining that he wasn’t being allowed to answer the question, but Hasselbeck didn’t let him off the hook by pressuring him to address Obama and Kerry’s actual comments instead of delivering the spin.

After Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade pressed Earnest on Obama’s response to the terror attacks in Paris, Hasselbeck jumped in, asking the presidential spokesman why Obama dismissed the Paris attacks as a mere “setback,” and why Kerry seemed to think that the terror attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo was somehow “understandable.”

Earnest tried to spin his way out of the question by noting that Obama also called the attacks in Paris “sickening” and that people shouldn’t pay too much attention to the president’s words.

The spokesman went on to try to get Hasselbeck to focus on his own words, even as he told the Fox host not to focus on Obama’s, saying: “what I would encourage you to do is spend just as much time focusing on the President’s actions as you do on his words.”

Hasselbeck seemed incredulous. “His words matter, I have to stop you there. Josh I will stop you there. The President of the United States’ words matter,” she replied.

Then, Earnest began his attempt to reframe the discussion as an unfair attack on him and an attempt to prevent him from answering the questions. “So Elisabeth, let me finish my answer. If you want to have me on your show Elisabeth,” he said.

But Hasselbeck interjected again, pointing out that words matter and saying, “I will focus on my president’s words, Josh.”

Earnest continued to try and frame the interview as an attack on him. “Elisabeth if you want to have me on your show to talk about a serious issue then give me an opportunity to answer the question,” he again said.

Apparently not interested in answering the questions, Earnest tried this line several more times before Hasselbeck had enough.

“Josh we’ve played fair before,” she said in exasperation. “I’m letting you know that our president’s words matter not just to me, not just to the American people but to those around the globe who are very concerned right now. Our president’s words matter. He called this a ‘setback’, why? Just a setback? Seems cavalier but go ahead and answer the question.”

h/t: GatewayPundit