Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving "Fox & Friends" to Spend More Time With Family

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced on Monday that she will soon leave Fox & Friends, as she plans to put her television career on hold for a while to spend more time with her family. Hasselbeck and husband Tim are the parents of three children.

Joining Fox News back in 2013, Elisabeth Hasselbeck came to the network after spending almost 10 years on The View.

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes spoke about Elisabeth Hasselbeck's decision to leave.

"Elisabeth and I discussed this at length over several weeks, and while I would love for her to continue here, I respect her incredibly difficult, yet deeply personal decision," he said. "She has been a great addition to the Fox & Friends franchise."

Hasselbeck said she is "confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family."

"Throughout my 14 years working in television, I have never experienced a more positive and thoughtful atmosphere than Fox News Channel, thanks to the strong leadership of Roger Ailes, who has created the best working environment a woman and mother could ask for," she said. "His understanding, compassion, and kindness was exemplified when I shared with him that I am entering into a season where I want to start my day with my children first, and he offered his blessing to do so."

Once Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaves, Fox & Friends will begin a rotation of co-hosts to join Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade in her absence.

Were you surprised to learn of Elisabeth Hasselbeck's plans to leave Fox & Friends? How long do you expect it might be before she returns to TV?

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.