Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is stepping down. She came to Fox in 2013 after almost ten years at ABC's The View. She wants to devote more of her time to her three children, the network said. In a statement, Hasselbeck said:
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 chief] 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.
Hasselbeck is expected to continue on air until late December. Her children are Grace (age 10), Taylor (eight), and Isaiah (six).
“Elisabeth and I discussed this at length over several weeks, and while I would love for her to continue here, I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision,” said Roger Ailes in a statement. “She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise.”