After 10 years, the longtime co-host of Barbara Walters’ The View is departing and making the leap to cable morning show Fox & Friends. Elisabeth Hasselbeck will make her first appearance as co-host with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Channel’s top-rated morning show in September, and her last day on The View is tomorrow. She will take over from current co-host Gretchen Carlson, who will anchor an as-yet-unnamed one-hour show in the news network’s daytime lineup. “Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View“, said FNC chief Roger Ailes in a statement. “She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise”.
The move for the conservative-leaning Hasselbeck comes four months after Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported that the former Survivor contestant was wrapping her run on The View at the end of this current season. Fellow co-host Joy Behar is also leaving, as is Walters herself next year. “We have had 10 wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming in new waters”, Walters said today. “We will miss her and wish her everything good”.
The Fox News Channel news comes just a week after FNC announced that America Live host Megyn Kelly would be leaving daytime and heading to a primetime spot once she returns from her just-started maternity leave.
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