Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been rumored to be out of “The View” for months and now comes the announcement.
Hasselbeck is leaving the ABC daytime series and is heading to Fox News, according to The Hollywood Reporter, where she will co-host the cable channel’s daily series “Fox & Friends.” An ABC spokesperson confirmed to the paper that Hasselbeck’s last day with “The View” will be Wednesday.
“We have had 10 wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming in new waters,” said “The View’s” Barbara Walters. “We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
Hasselbeck’s new boss, Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, stated, “Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on ‘The View.’ She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise.”
Hasselbeck added, “I have been a long-time fan of ‘Fox & Friends’ and am excited to be joining their team in September as it is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home.”
Her departure from the show officially creates a third opening among the co-hosts with the exit of Joy Behar and the upcoming retirement of Barbara Walters. Jenny McCarthy and Brooke Shields are rumored to be strong candidates to replace two of those vacancies.