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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Leaving Fox News

The "Fox & Friends" co-host will say goodbye to the network's morning program in late December.

Conservative commentator Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be leaving the airwaves for the foreseeable future.

The "Fox & Friends" co-host will say goodbye to the Fox News morning program in late December, a move she says will allow her to focus on raising her children.

"Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things," she said Monday 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 and CEO] Roger Ailes, who has created the best working environment a woman and mother could ask for."

A number of rotating guest co-hosts will fill Hasselbeck's position until a permanent replacement is named.

"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," Ailes said in a statement. "She has been a great addition to the 'Fox & Friends' franchise."

Hasselbeck, who is no stranger to controversy, started at "Fox & Friends" in 2013 after co-hosting ABC's "The View" for almost a decade.

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