Elisabeth on Leaving 'Fox & Friends': 'My Kids Need the Best of Me'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced Monday that she will step down from her role as co-host of "Fox and Friends" and depart Fox News Channel at the end of the year.

She has decided to put her career in television on hold while she focuses on raising her three children.

"Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things," Hasselbeck said in a 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 and Friends' each morning as we get ready for school together."

In commenting on her announcement, Ailes said, "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. She has been a great addition to the 'Fox and Friends' franchise."

A variety of rotating co-hosts will take Hasselbeck’s seat alongside Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy until a replacement is named.

Watch Elisabeth's emotional announcement on "Fox and Friends," here.

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