Ainsley Earhardt will be replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck as the new co-host of Fox & Friends, reports Fox News. Earhardt has been with the Fox News channel since 2007 and was previously the host of Fox & Friends First.
Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes broke the news on February 16, 2016 via a press release in which he called Earhardt a “superb team player and an excellent on-air host.”
Ainsley’s relentless work ethic, congeniality and enthusiasm for connecting with our viewers and staff are extremely refreshing. She’s a superb team player and an excellent on-air host – we look forward to her joining the show during such a pivotal news year […] Earhardt will make her first appearance alongside her new co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the show on Feb. 29, 2016. She said in a statement to the press that she is ‘thrilled’ to join Doocy and Kilmeade on the ‘curvy couch.’ […] I am grateful for this opportunity and am thrilled to join Steve and Brian on the curvy couch to deliver Americans their morning news.
According to a report from USA Today, Earhardt, who has also worked for CBS in the past, is going to take Hasselbeck’s job on the highly rated Fox show because Hasselbeck has left in order to raise her three kids, thus putting her career on hold for the time being. She is seemingly happy that Earhardt will take her spot, and tweeted the following message: “Congratulations to my #SisterInChrist & #SweetFriend @ainsleyearhardt on the @foxandfriends news!! This #CBO can’t wait to see you shine!”
Fellow female Fox anchors have also tweeted congratulatory messages to Earhardt. Gretchen Carlson has said: “Congrats to my friend @ainsleyearhardt on being named new @foxandfriends host! U will be great! Set 3 alarms!”
Fox & Friends airs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, an hour after her previous show Fox & Friends First.