Tearing up and bowing out. An emotional Elisabeth Hasselbeck said goodbye to her colleagues at Fox & Friends on her final day at Fox News on Tuesday, December 22.
Hasselbeck, 38, was surprised with a video montage featuring staffers and their memories of the cohost. In the sweet tribute, one of the show's producers affectionately looked back at Hasselbeck's first day at Fox & Friends in 2013, and recalled: "She wanted to impress us. As a staff we all looked around and thought, 'This is going to be the perfect fit.'"
Then, Hasselbeck's cohosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, along with the producers, cameramen and staffers at the show, all convened on the set of Fox & Friends on Tuesday to bid farewell to the mom of three.
Teary-eyed and overcome with emotion, Hasselbeck acknowledged Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who's supported her decision to leave the network to be with her family. "He gave me two gifts: One, he gave me the opportunity to join you all in this family," she shared. "And two, he gave me an outstanding amount of understanding and guidance when I made this decision to go home. Mr. Ailes, I can't thank you enough. I can't thank all of you enough for this chance."
The group then presented the emotional cohost with a parting gift: a giant photo of her on the sofa with Doocy and Kilmeade. "I will be watching you. You were doing awesome work right before I came anyway, and I love you all dearly," Hasselbeck said as her voice continued to crack. "Steve and Brian, thank you. I've been so blessed by all of you."
Hasselbeck, the wife of NFL player Tim Hasselbeck, told Us Weekly in a statement last month that she was leaving the network to look after her young kids full-time. “Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things," the former View host told Us. "Throughout my 14 years working in television, I have never experienced a more positive and thoughtful atmosphere than FOX News Channel."
The TV personality made her debut in 2001, on the second season of the reality competition series Survivor. She was then recruited on ABC's The View, where she remained from 2003 to 2013.
While announcing her decision on Fox & Friends in November, Hasselbeck again couldn't fight the tears. "You all have made this a really hard decision. I have fallen head over heels with this place," she said. However, she wanted to spend time with her youngsters, Grace, 10, Taylor, 8, and Isaiah, 6.
"Mornings are better with mommy," Hasselbeck said at the time. "The two of you are truly family to our whole family . . . you have made this the very best work experience of my entire life."
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