If you’re an Elisabeth Hasselbeck fan, then mark September 16 on your calendars. That’s when the former View co-host makes her triumphant return to television on the Fox News morning program Fox & Friends.
Fox News’ executive vice president of programming Bill Shine announced Hasselbeck’s official start date on Thursday. In addition to the date, Shine’s announcement also revealed that Hasselbeck will be joining co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on a newly redesigned set that will be unveiled that same morning.
Hasselbeck was first known publicly as a finalist on Survivor: The Australian Outback in 2001 before moving to a spot as co-host on the ABC talk show The View, which she held for nearly 10 years.
The 36-year-old left that show in July, and was widely (and sometimes controversially) known as the sole conservative host on the panel. She got into several heated debates over topical issues with her co-hosts over the years, including one very lengthy spat with guest Rosie O’Donnell over the Iraq War in 2007.
It was rumored before her exit that producers were happy to be rid of her due to her politics, but her own co-hosts spoke glowingly of her on her final show.
“We do feel that you always brought a fresh voice to this show and you stood by your opinion even when things got heated—that’s not an easy thing to do,” co-host Barbara Walters opined.
Hasselbeck herself called her experience on The View “nothing short of extraordinary.”
Still mutually-departing View host Joy Behar probably summed up Hasselbeck’s move best: “Fox, gee, won’t you be a fish out of water there?”