Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Goodbye to 'Fox and Friends' In Emotional Sendoff

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck ended her two-and-a-half-year tenure on Fox and Friends Tuesday with an emotional sendoff.

Nearly a month to the day after announcing that she would be stepping down as the Fox morning show co-host to spend more time with her family, Elisabeth Hasselbeck bid farewell to her colleagues.

Co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade joined her on the show's curved couch to share memories and to say goodbye.

Hasselbeck once again praised Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

"He gave me two gifts: One, he gave me the opportunity to join you all in this family, and two, he gave me an outstanding amount of understanding and guidance when I made this decision to go home," said Hasselbeck. "Mr. Ailes, I can't thank you enough. I can't thank all of you enough for this chance."

In saying goodbye to Doocy and Kilmeade, Hasselbeck teared up when the duo surprised her with a large photo of the three of them on set, and said of the Fox and Friends team, "I will be watching you. You are going to continue to do awesome work, like before I came."

"I've been so blessed by all of you," said Hasselbeck. "Thank you."

"No, Elisabeth, we have been blessed by you," replied Doocy and he led the staff in a round of applause

Fox and Friends producers and colleagues also shared some of their favorite moments with the co-host.

"We all met Elisabeth weeks before you guys met Elisabeth," one of the producers, identified simply as "Kelley," said in a video of clips from Hasselbeck's first day on Fox and Friends. "Before she walked down the hallway with the guys, she came around and shook everyone's hand individually and learned everyone's names right away. She wanted to impress us, and I think as a staff we all looked around and thought, 'This is going to be the perfect fit.'"

After leaving ABC's The View in 2013, Elisabeth Hasselbeck joined the Fox News team. Fox plans to rotate a group of co-hosts on Fox and Friends until a permanent replacement is named.

Pam Wright