(NEW YORK) — Wednesday was Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s last day as a co-host on ABC’s The View. The 36-year-old opened the show by making the emotional announcement to the audience.
“Today is officially my last day at The View,” said a teary-eyed Hasselbeck. “For a decade I’ve been able to work efficiently at this table only because — and I mean this with my whole heart — everyone behind the scenes has worked more efficiently.”
Hasselbeck then thanked each of her co-hosts around the table — Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters and the absent Sherri Shepherd — along with executive producer Bill Geddie.
Hasselbeck joined The View as a panelist in November 2003. Her interviews on the show have included President Obama, Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, according to her biography on The View’s website.
“I wasn’t the first person to sit in this chair. I will certainly not be the last person to sit in this chair,” Hasselbeck said Wednesday. “The last 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary and I wholeheartedly wish the next person or co-host that sits here an extraordinary set of years to come of their own.”
Hasselbeck will join Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the Fox & Friends morning show in mid-September, the Fox News Channel announced. Current Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson is leaving the show to host her own one-hour daytime show.
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Jeff Peterson, Deseret News