Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaves 'The View' for Fox News Channel
UPDATED: The longtime panelist will officially depart the ABC
daytime series at the end of the season, filling the chair of Gretchen
Carlson on cable network's daily "Fox & Friends" -- while the
veteran moves to her own signature program.
is heading to Fox News. The cable news network announced Tuesday that The View
panelist will depart her ABC series and make the move to cable this fall as a part of Fox & Friends
As The Hollywood Reporter
previously reported, Hasselbeck's departure from The View
was expected as part of a revamping that sees the exit of Joy Behar
and the upcoming retirement of Barbara Walters
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Walters chimed in on Hasselbeck's departure in the announcement. "We
have had ten wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming
in new waters," said the TV news veteran. "We will miss her and wish
her everything good.”
FOX News chairman and ceo Roger Ailes
, who made the announcement, also chimed in. “Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View
said Ailes. "She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I
am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful
Hasselbeck's move to Fox & Friends has her joining current co-hosts Steve Doocy
and Brian Kilmeade
come September. Current co-host Gretchen Carlson
has received her own one-hour signature daytime series in the shake-up. That will also begin in early fall.
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“I am excited to further advance my career and am thrilled to have
the opportunity to host my own show in daytime and look forward to
showcasing my skills as an interviewer and journalist in a more in depth
manner," added Carlson, who's been with Fox & Friends
News of Hasselbeck's new job comes on the heels of Jenny McCarthy
starting talks to replace Behar
on The View
The loss of three panelists within the year means that the veteran
daytime talker will be undergoing a substantial on-camera facelift --
something that might help curb its ratings dips.
Walters had previously denied
reports of Hasselbeck's exit, particularly one story that claimed polled viewers found her "too extreme and right wing."
And Hasselbeck is not the only View
alum to get a new job on Tuesday. Hours before word of her move broke, NBCUniversal made official its plans to have founding View
panelist Meredith Vieira
her own syndicated talk show.
"I have been a long-time fan of Fox & Friends
and am excited to be joining their team in September," said Hasselbeck. "I
t is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home."