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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Fired from 'The View?' [VIDEO] Joins 'Fox & Friends' in September; Gretchen Carlson Leaving Fox News to Anchor Own Daytime Show, Barbara Walters Praises
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving "The View" and joining "Fox & Friends" in the fall while Gretchen Wilson is moving up and on with her career. But there has been speculation that Hasselbeck was maybe fired.
In a Fox News Channel statement, Hasselbeck will leave "The View" after 10 years of working there and will join co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade for the morning news show "Fox & Friends" in mid-September.
"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," said FOX News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes.
Hasselbeck added, "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."
"The View" creator Barbara Walters also had kind words for Hasselbeck: "We have had ten wonderful years with Elisabeth and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good."
Carlson confirmed on Wednesday morning on "Fox & Friends" that she was leaving to anchor her own one-hour daytime problem beginning in early fall.
"I'm going to move forward in my career," she said, "moving on to the afternoons here at Fox and hosting my own show coming up in September."
"Congratulations, Gretch," Doocy said. "We know you work really hard and it shows each and every morning."
Doocy added that Hasselbeck will be replacing Carlson and that Wednesday was her last day on "The View."
"We look forward to welcoming her here as well," Carlson said.
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In the press release, Ailes said of Carlson's move to daytime, "Gretchen's contribution to FOX & Friends is well-known and her strong interviewing skills make her a natural fit for our daytime programming."
Carlson, who joined "Fox & Friends" in 2005, added, "I am excited to further advance my career and am thrilled to have the opportunity to host my own show in daytime and look forward to showcasing my skills as an interviewer and journalist in a more in depth manner."
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Jul 10, 2013 10:12 AM EDT