http://www.foxnews.com/entertainmen...sselbeck-to-step-down-as-fox-friends-co-host/ Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced Monday that she will step down from her role as co-host of "Fox & Friends" on FOX News Channel (FNC) and depart the network at the end of the year, putting her television career on hold while she raises her three children. A variety of rotating co-hosts will take Hasselbeck’s seat until a replacement is named. “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 & 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 & Friends' franchise.” During her tenure at FNC, "Fox & Friends" continued to eclipse the cable news competition in total viewers and adults in the 25-54 demographic, and remained number one in basic cable during its 6-9 a.m. time slot.