The beloved Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced today that she is stepping down from her position on Fox and Friends.
Hasselbeck replaced Gretchen Carlson as one of the show’s co-hosts just over one year ago.
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.
Ailes said of the host’s departure, “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.”
Hasselbeck’s replacement has not yet been named.
Of course, there has been speculation that she is not revealing her real reason for leaving the network. It could have been a dispute over pay, or something else entirely — but for now, we’ll just have to take Fox’s word for it.
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