July 9th, 2013
09:32 PM ET
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is officially vacating her seat on "The View." After joining the table in 2003, representatives tell CNN that Wednesday, July 10, will mark Hasselbeck's final day on the successful morning talk show, currently in its 16th season.
"For a decade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has brought her passion and strong beliefs to "The View," ABC said in a statement. "We watched her journey from newlywed to motherhood, an Emmy Award-winning talk show host, author, entrepreneur and activist. She stood behind her political views even if they were not the most popular opinions at the table, never shying away from voicing a difficult question. We thank Elisabeth and wish her luck as she begins this new chapter of her career."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hasselbeck's new chapter involves heading to Fox News in the fall to fill the spot on morning show “Fox & Friends” recently left open by co-host Gretchen Carlson.
Rumors ran rampant about the possibility of Hasselbeck's exit when former panelist Joy Behar announced her departure earlier this year. The former reality star denied the speculation at the time, but today "The View" co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters also confirmed the news and shared her well-wishes for the star.
“When Elisabeth survived ‘Survivor’ we wanted to make sure she would stay afloat,” Walters wrote in a statement. “We have had 10 wonderful years with her and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good.”
Hasselbeck first joined the show after journalist Lisa Ling put in her notice. Prior to “The View,” Hasselbeck was best known as a finalist on the second season of CBS reality hit, “Survivor.” Throughout her time on the popular series, Hasselbeck stirred controversy both on and off screen for her right-leaning opinions and heated debates with the other panelists.
Hasselbeck made headlines for a 2007 on-air argument with former "View" co-host Rosie O’Donnell concerning the war in Iraq. The conservative panelist also had an uncomfortable moment in 2008 with Whoopi Goldberg over the use of the "N word."
The news comes on the heels of Barbara Walters’ May announcement of her forthcoming retirement. Walters will be leaving the show in May 2014. No word yet on who will be filling the newly open spots, though some outlets place Jenny McCarthy as a frontrunner for the gig.
CNN's Douglas Hyde contributed to this report
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