EXCLUSIVE: Ainsley Earhardt Opens Up About New 'Fox & Friends' Gig
Ainsley makes her co-hosting debut on Monday!
Monday will be an exciting day at Fox News Channel, as Ainsley Earhardt takes her spot alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends (6am ET).
After she was named the new co-host of the #1 cable news morning show, we caught up with Ainsley for an exclusive chat about faith, family and her 16-year journey to this point.
"I feel like I have worked so hard to get to this level. Now I'm here. Now I'm ready to go," she said.
Ainsley grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, the second of three children including an older sister.
"I think I was a troublemaker. I was very precocious. ... I was the second little girl and I was just always a mess," she joked.
When she learned that she'd been chosen as the new "Fox and Friends" host, she called her dad, Wayne.
"I said, 'Dad, how many jobs did you work to put me and my brother and sister through school?' He said, 'At one time Ainsley, I was working three jobs.' So dad, this is for you."
After starting out at WLTX-TV in Columbia, Ainsley made her way to Fox News Channel in 2007, getting in on the morning show fun on the couch...
And getting us up early on Fox and Friends First...
We asked her what lessons she's learned along the way.
"Be as kind as you can to other people. Realize everyone is God's child. I've learned to count my blessings along the way. I feel like I am grateful to everyone who's helped me get here," she said.
In naming Ainsley as the new "Fox and Friends" co-host, Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes praised her "relentless work ethic" and called her a "superb team player."
Ainsley has also reported from the scene of big breaking news stories over the years, like last summer's Charleston church shooting and the 2009 Fort Hood terror attack.
She explained that her faith is a very important part of her life and that it helps her connect on a different level with those she interviews and with the audience.
Last summer, she brought us an emotional sit-down interview with the family of Kate Steinle, who was murdered in San Francisco last year by an illegal immigrant.
"I feel like I have this little portion of my life that I can contribute with other people. Share my faith, be there to hold their hand and be there to help them through some tough times," she told us.
Ainsley's life changed this past fall when she became a mom, welcoming a beautiful daughter named Hayden.
— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) February 15, 2016
She said that's given her a different perspective on things as she starts her new hosting role.
"What's really cool is that now I can tell her: You can do anything you wanna do, little girl. You can make it."
Watch the full interview above and be sure to tune in for Ainsley's first day as co-host of "Fox and Friends" on Monday at 6:00am ET!