One of the longtime co-hosts of the ABC talk show "The View" is making the move to Fox News Channel. The New York Times reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been hired by Fox News to replace Gretchen Carlson on "Fox & Friends."
Hasselbeck’s last day on "The View" is expected to be today, and she will start on "Fox & Friends" in mid-September, the piece adds. Carlson will move to another daytime hour, although the time slot wasn’t specified.
"Ms. Hasselbeck, who as the lone conservative on ‘The View’ sometimes came under attack from her more liberal co-hosts, will not feel that way on ‘Fox & Friends.’ The morning show is reliably conservative; the co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade seem to compete to one-up each other’s critiques of the president and Democrats," the story reports.
The change comes after Fox News announced plans to move Megyn Kelly, the anchor of "America Live," to prime time this summer, with speculation that she will take over Greta Van Susteren’s 10 p.m. time slot, the story says. Kelly’s move frees up some time during the day, where Carlson may end up moving.
The piece adds, "ABC indicated that the decision to leave ‘The View’ hastily was Ms. Hasselbeck’s. Her departure began to be rumored some months ago, but she and the show’s creator, Barbara Walters, have sidestepped the issue in interviews and in conversations on the show."