Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving “The View” after months of denying the rumor. The lone conservative on the ABC daytime talk show's panel will be heading to Fox News, where she will appear on “Fox and Friends,” the Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday.
Wednesday will be Hasselbeck’s last day on “The View,” Variety added, quoting a statement from ABC:
“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.”
The former “Survivor: The Australian Outback” finalist, now 36, joined the talk show in 2003 after finishing a stint on reality television in 2001. She replaced Lisa Ling after doing a series of co-hosting gigs.
“The View” co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters, who's also leaving the show (at the end of the season), added: “When Elisabeth survived ‘Survivor’, we wanted to make sure she would stay afloat. We have had 10 wonderful years with her and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
Hasselbeck was known for getting into political tiffs with fellow hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg based on her conservative opinions.
With Hasselbeck, Joy Behar and Barbara Walters leaving the series, Goldberg and Sherri Shepard will be the only desk members from recent seasons to remain on the show. It’s been widely rumored that actress and former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy will be added to the panel, with reports saying she is in “deep negotiation” to replace Behar, according to Variety. It hasn’t been revealed who will replace Hasselbeck.