Ainsley Earhardt Set to Fill Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Vacancy on "Fox & Friends"

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Ainsley Earhardt is moving on up at Fox. The news personality will move from her post at Fox & Friends First to the vacancy caused by Elisabeth Hasselbeck's departure from Fox & Friends. The Hollywood Reporter says her first day on the new job is February 29, alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. Hasselbeck left the show two months ago.

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes made an official announcement about Ainsley Earhardt's upcoming role.

“Ainsley’s relentless work ethic, congeniality and enthusiasm for connecting with our viewers and staff are extremely refreshing," he said. "She’s a superb team player and an excellent on-air host--we look forward to her joining the show during such a pivotal news year.”

Ainsley Earhardt's spot on Fox & Friends First will likely be filled by rotating guest hosts until a permanent replacement is found, much in the way Fox & Friends filled Elisabeth Hasselbeck's empty chair.

Ainsley Earhardt joined Fox News back in 2007 and has served a variety of roles including those of substitute co-host on both Fox & Friends and Fox & Friends First before landing her permanent spot on the latter.

In a statement regarding her promotion, Ainsley Earhardt shared her excitement over her upcoming role on Tuesday.

“I am grateful for this opportunity and am thrilled to join Steve and Brian on the curvy couch to deliver Americans their morning news,” she said.

Are you an Ainsley Earhardt fan? How do you think she'll fit in as the new co-host on Fox & Friends?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.