Fox News introduced Ainsley Earhardt as the new co-host of “Fox & Friends” on Friday, days after she came back from maternity leave.
Earhardt replaced Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who stepped down at the end of last year to spend more time with her family.
Co-host Steve Doocy said that Earhardt “is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life.” Co-host Brian Kilmeade added, “And, of course, Ainsley’s been on maternity leave and then you get this news and you’re right here.”
“I am so excited, Earhardt said. “Thank y’all so much for the support. Thank you, Roger Ailes, for this opportunity. There are no words. Dreams can come true, and this is truly a moment for me. I sat on the sofa yesterday, we were trying to figure out some shots, and I walked into the studio — how many times have I done that over the course of my 10 years here? I was nervous, excited, I walked in — it’s just so cool, and I am so appreciative of everyone. I can’t fill Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s shoes, but I’m going to be here and work as hard as I can and give you the news every morning and wake you up with a smile.”
Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement, “Ainsley’s relentless work ethic, congeniality and enthusiasm for connecting with our viewers and staff are extremely refreshing. She’s a superb team player and an excellent on-air host — we look forward to her joining the show during such a pivotal news year.”
With the network since 2007, Earhardt was a correspondent and then most recently co-host of “Fox & Friends FIRST.”
Earhardt starts Feb. 29.