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.
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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