Elisabeth Hasselbeck finally has a start date for her new job. On Thursday, Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at FOX News, announced that the former co-host of “The View” would officially begin duties as host of the daytime news program “Fox & Friends” on Sept. 16.
Hasselbeck, 36, who celebrated her last day at “The View” in July, will be taking over for former host Gretchen Carlson, who is leaving the program to host her own. The announcement that Hasselbeck was departing from the longtime talk show role came from ABC, which released this statement: “For a decade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has brought her passion and strong beliefs to ‘The View.’ We watched her journey from newlywed to motherhood, an Emmy Award-winning talk show host, author, entrepreneur and activist. She stood behind her political views even if they were not the most popular opinions at the table never shying away from voicing a difficult question. We thank Elisabeth and wish her luck as she begins this new chapter of her career.”
Carlson also made an announcement of her own on-air on “Fox & Friends,” telling viewers about her own plans and teasing Hasselbeck’s arrival. "I'm going to be leaving 'Fox & Friends' after seven great years here with the guys on the curvy couch, thanks very much to the both of you,” Carlson announced on July 10. “I’m going to move forward in my career, moving on to the afternoons here at Fox and hosting my own show coming up in September.”
Her co-hosts congratulated her on-air on the move, while also telling viewers to stay tuned for Hasselbeck’s arrival. “We know you work really hard and it shows each and every morning,” Doocy said. “We look forward to welcoming [Hasselbeck] here as well.”
Despite the career leap to hosting a show of her own, some sources at “The View” claimed that Hasselbeck was privately upset over her treatment when she left the show, allegedly because she was only given a few minutes to say goodbyes on her last episode on July 10.
“Elisabeth is fuming over this latest snub from Barbara,” a source told the National Enquirer. “It’s no secret that politically conservative Elisabeth wasn’t afraid to publicly stand up to Barbara’s liberal points of view.
“That’s grated on Barbara’s nerves and obviously reached a boiling point this past year,” the source added. “Now Elisabeth feels the very minor going-away tribute given to her, versus the spectacle bestowed upon Barbara’s good friend Joy, was just another public dig to embarrass her.”