Hasselbeck will be replacing current "Fox & Friends"
co-host Gretchen Carlson who is set to anchor her own daytime show beginning this fall, Fox News
Hasselbeck was introduced to the world as a contestant on the popular reality show Survivor
She became so popular, she was offered a job as a co-host on "The View"
in 2003, The Associated Press
reports. She spent 10 years on the show.
During that time, Hasselbeck co-authored two gluten-free recipe cookbooks
. She was also very open about her extremely conservative views, often clashing with some of her co-hosts.
"Elisabeth's warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View
," Fox News CEO Richard Ailes said in the statement Tuesday. "She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise."
"We have had 10 wonderful years and she will now be swimming in new waters," Hasselbeck's current co-host, Barbara Walters said, Fox News
reports. "We will miss her and wish her everything good."
Rumors that Hasselbeck was leaving the show first surfaced in March, but Walters denied them, The Associated Press
reports. Walters also denied rumors that Hasselbeck's conservative views made her unpopular with executives at "The View."
Hasselbeck isn't the only longtime cohost to be leaving the show. Joy Behar, one of the show's original co-hosts will also be parting ways with the show, and earlier this year, Barbara Walters, who created the show, announced her retirement
from television. That leaves Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg as the show's remaining panelists. Nothing has been confirmed, but Jenny McCarthy
is reportedly in "serious talks" to become a panelist.