Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving 'Fox & Friends'

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Puts TV Career on Hold

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is saying goodbye to "Fox & Friends."

Hasselbeck announced Monday that she will step down from her role as co-host of the morning show on Fox News Channel and will leave the network by the end of the year. The 38-year-old talk show host joined the show in 2013 after her tumultuous exit from "The View" and has told the network that she plans to put her TV career on hold as she raises her three children, Taylor, Grace and Isaiah.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Eric Bolling speak on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd meet on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd pose on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Eric Bolling speak on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: General view of atmosphere at FOX Studios as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Eric Bolling speak on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: (L-R) Kellie Pickler, Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade visit 'FOX & Friends' at FOX Studios on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Elisabeth Hasselbeck attends New Year's Eve 2014 in Times Square on December 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
THE VIEW - After ten years as co-host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced today, July 10, 2013, that she will be leaving 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) ELISABETH HASSELBECK, BARBARA WALTERS
THE VIEW - (5.8.13) On today's show, guest co-host Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”); Bill O’Reilly (“The O’Reilly Factor”), the cast of “Duck Dynasty”; and musical guest Pistol Annies. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) SHERRI SHEPHERD, AMY SCHUMER, ELISABETH HASSELBECK, BARBARA WALTERS
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Emmy Winning co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck attends Active Family Project Kick-Off Event at Gramercy Park Hotel Rooftop on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
THE VIEW - Guest co-host Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”); Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (album, “Love Has Come for You”); Dr. Richard Besser (author, Tell Me the Truth, Doctor) appeared today, April 24, 2013 on 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) ELISABETH HASSELBECK
THE VIEW - Celebrate 'Sweet 16' when ABC's 'The View' returns for its new season, live, Tuesday, September 4, 2012. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JOY BEHAR, BARBARA WALTERS, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELISABETH HASSELBECK
THE VIEW - (airs 1.27.12) In honor of National Mentoring Month, the hosts of 'The View' recognize its importance with a one-hour 'special edition' theme show featuring Matilda Raffa Cuomo (author, The Person Who Changed My Life: Prominent Americans Recall Their Mentors). 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) ELISABETH HASSELBECK, BARBARA WALTERS
THE VIEW - (10.18.11) Rapper, T.I. and actress Patricia Heaton were today's guests on 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images)ELISABETH HASSELBECK
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: (L-R) TV personality Barbara Walters, actress/producer Whoopi Goldberg and TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck attends the Broadway opening night of 'Sister Act' at the Broadway Theatre on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck is seen around Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
THE VIEW - Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who will be one of co-host' Sherri Shepherd's bridesmaids, visits 'THE VIEW,' 1/26/11 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. VW11 (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)YVETTE NICOLE BROWN, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELISABETH HASSELBECK
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck sighting after taping 'The View' at ABC Studios on October 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Elisabeth Hasselbeck of 'The View' debuts as a contributor on 'Good Morning America,' 10.11.10, airing on the ABC Television Network (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) ELISABETH HASSELBECK, ROBIN ROBERTS
Elisabeth Hasselbeck attends Reebok NFL's Maternity Tee Belly Bowl launch at Destination Maternity on September 22, 2010 in New York City.
THE VIEW - Elisabeth Hasselbeck co-hosts 'THE VIEW,' 6/10/10, (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. VW10 (Photo by Steve Fenn/ABC via Getty Images) ELISABETH HASSELBECK
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Elisabeth Hasselbeck seen around Bryant Park during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 on February 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Rosie O'Donnell, left, gets a high five from co-hosts Barbara Walters, second from left, while Joy Behar, second from right, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck watch during the taping of the first show of the 10th season of the ABC talk show, "The View" Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 in New York. The show began its 10th season with O'Donnell joining the returning Behar, Hasselbeck and Walters. Another change was a cozy, blue-and-orange arena-like set with a glass-top version of the drop-leaf table the ladies sit around for their "Hot Topics" segment. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
**FILE** Elisabeth Hasselbeck takes part in the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Friday, June 15, 2007. Hasselbeck tells the syndicated TV show "Access Hollywood" that she and Rosie O'Donnell aren't on the best of terms nearly one month after their on-air dustup on "The View." The interview is scheduled to air Tuesday, June 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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Hasselbeck released this statement today:

"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."


Hasselbeck has been under the microscope this year for several things she said on-air. In July, she asked a former NYPD officer if Sandra Bland, who died in jail of an alleged suicide, could have used her lit cigarette as a weapon against the officer who arrested her. The question prompted a firestorm of criticism with many calling her a racist for her probing question. At the time, her former "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg came to her defense citing that it was a simple question to better understand the circumstances of the arrest. Hasselbeck also came under fire for a query about why the Black Lives Matter group shouldn't be called a hate group.

No replacement has been named for Hasselbeck yet, but Fox reps say they will bring in rotating co-hosts until one is named.

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