Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Farewell on Her Final Day Co-Hosting The View
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has officially said her farewell to The View.
On Wednesday morning, Hasselbeck — who walked on stage arm-and-arm with Barbara Walters — confirmed it was her final day on the ABC daytime program and that she'd be joining the couch on Fox and Friends in September.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck exits The View to join Fox News
After saying individual thank yous to the production crew, including executive producer Bill Geddie, and her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd, who was not in attendance, Hasselbeck shared her gratitude to Walters.
"Barbara, I did the math last night and I think I've had over 3,000 days working by your side, and I think it's fair to say that, over the course of a decade, I feel as though I've attended the Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism," she began. "Truly, because of all you have taught me, I was prepared to interview political candidates, I was prepared to interview President Barack Obama for the fourth time. I feel more than prepared, at this point, because of all you've given me to move forward. I can't ask for a better leader and a mentor."
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Hasselbeck then thanked the audience. "I want to leave you with this: Thank you for everyone out there who has been watching. I wasn't the first person to sit in this chair. I certainly won't be the last person to sit in this chair. The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary, and I wholeheartedly wish the next person or co-host that sits here an extraordinary set of years of their own to come."
Walters, who said the show would not be filling Hasselbeck's seat anytime soon, also offered her well wishes.
"We did feel that you always brought a fresh voice to the show," she said. "You stood by your opinions even when things were very heated, which is not an easy thing to do, and you've been such a big part of this show's success."
Hasselbeck joined the show in 2002 following her run on the second season of Survivor.
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Watch video of the goodbye below: