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'Fox & Friends' Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving TV for Her Kids

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 06:37 AM

"Fox & Friends" Elisabeth Hasselbeck is stepping down as co-host of the show to spend more time raising her three children.

Hasselbeck, 38, who co-hosted ABC's "The View" as its conservative voice for about a decade, joined "Fox & Friends" in 2013, said People magazine. She is married to former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck and they have three children, noted Us Weekly.

"Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things," Hasselbeck said in a Fox News statement. "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 (Fox News Chairman & CEO) Roger Ailes, who has created the best working environment a woman and mother could ask for." 

"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. With a heart full of gratitude and the peace that God has given me, I am confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family, and we will be joining all of you watching 'Fox & Friends' each morning as we get ready for school together." 

Hasselbeck had a health scare last year when she had a tumor removed from her abdomen last October, according to Us Weekly. She told "Fox & Friends" viewers last November that the tumor was not cancerous but still needed emergency surgery to remove it. She said then that she had a "clean bill of health."

"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," said Ailes. "She has been a great addition to the 'Fox & Friends' franchise."

A source told People that rumors of her going through a "back-and-forth" with Fox News over her contract was not true.

Hasselbeck, the sister-in-law of current Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, has three children 10 and under, said People – Grace, 10; Taylor, 8; and Isaiah, 6.

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