Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaves ‘The View’ To Join ‘Fox & Friends’

Gabrielle Chung / July 9, 2013

When one door closes, another one opens.

The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is making the jump from network to cable to cable, departing from the ABC daytime talk show for Fox & Friends.

“I have been a long-time fan of Fox & Friends and am excited to be joining their team in September as it is an honor to call the FOX News Channel my new television home,” Hasselbeck said in a press release statement.

Likewise, her new network family is thrilled with the announcement.

FOX News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes said, “Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View. She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise.”

Rumors of the 36-year-old exiting The View first surfaced in March when sources said viewers thought “she was too extreme and right wing,” despite her political arguments with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar being a key feature of the show. At the time, fellow hostess Barbara Walters vehemently denied the reports.

However, Hasselbeck will have no troubles fitting in with her new show. As Fox & Friends is notorious for tilting right, a staunch republican much like herself will (undoubtedly) be welcomed with opened arms.