After 10 years, Elisabeth has decided to leave ‘The View’ for a new job at FOX News. Fighting back tears, the co-host confirmed her departure on the July 10 episode of the hit talk show.
Elisabeth To Leave ‘The View’
Elisabeth, who has been a co-host of The View for 10 years is leaving the table that currently includes Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sherri Shepherd. The conservative co-host, who replaced Lisa Ling in 2003, is leaving the hit talk show for a new hosting job on FOX & Friends, starting in mid-September, according to Us Weekly.
Co-host and creator Barbara, who is retiring in 2014, gave a statement to TMZ about Elisabeth’s departure: “We have had 10 wonderful years with Elisabeth, and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
Fellow co-host Joy, who is leaving the show in September, tweeted her congrats to Elisabeth on July 10: “Congrats to my Republican friend.”
Elisabeth & Co-Hosts Talk Her Departure
Elisabeth bid farewell to the talk show July 10 and opened up about her decade-long experience on The View. She said: “First of all, I’m really happy and excited to confirm that, indeed, I will be joining the Fox News team in September.” She is grateful for her time at The View and wishes the person filling her seat all the best.
The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary and I wholeheartedly wish the next person or co-host that sits in this chair an extraordinary set of years to come of their own.
Her co-hosts paid heartfelt tributes to her and hope the best for Elisabeth in the future. Barbara told her, “You always brought a fresh voice to the show. You stood by your opinions even when things were very heated and that’s not an easy thing to do.”
Joy said, “I have appreciated your presence here a lot,” and Whoopi said, “I just think you’re the cat’s meow. You’ve been a really good friend to me and I appreciate you and may we both continue to grow because that’s life, right? That’s what life is.”
Sherri was absent from the show but Elisabeth acknowledged her dear friend: “I know you are always with me. You are my sister in Christ, my friend for life.”
Elisabeth To Join Fox News Team
Elisabeth will co-host FOX & Friends starting in mid-September alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. She will replace Gretchen Carlson, who’s getting her own one-hour solo daytime show on the network.
The FOX News team shared its enthusiasm about bringing on Elisabeth.
On the Record host Greta Van Susteren tweeted her congrats to the newest member of the team: “WELCOME ELISABETH HASSELBECK! JOINING FOX NEWS!”
Elisabeth responded, “Thanks @gretawire! Cannot wait to join the team!”
We wish Elisabeth all the best in her new career endeavor!
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