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NNov. 24, 2014

“Fox & Friends” co-hosts Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade

Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced on Monday afternoon she will be stepping down from her role as a co-host of “Fox & Friends” at the end of the year to spend more time with her family.

“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,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said. “She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise.”

Hasselbeck, 38, who replaced Fox News host Gretchen Carlson just over two years ago, said she was “confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family,” and thanked Ailes for his “understanding, compassion, and kindness” in accepting her resignation.

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Her statement reads in part:

“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.”

In Hasselbeck’s absence, a variety of rotating co-hosts will join Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade until a replacement is formally named.

Hasselbeck spent nearly a decade as a co-host on “The View” before join



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