Ainsley Earhardt to Join Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends’ as Co-Host

Ainsley Earhardt will get a one-hour reprieve over at Fox News Channel.

After serving as co-host on early-bird program “Fox & Friends First” at 5 a.m., she will take on the co-host role at “Fox & Friends,” which starts on Fox News Channel an hour later.

As such, Earhardt, who joined Fox News Channel in 2007 after working for local CBS stations, will take over the role previously filled by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who stepped down from the program late last year, citing a desire to spend more time with family.

She will  debut alongside hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on February 29. A rotating set of co-hosts will take Earhardt’s place on “Fox & Friends First” until a replacement is named, the 21st Century Fox-owned network said Tuesday.

Earhardt began her career at Fox News Channel as a correspondent. During her tenure on “Fox & Friends First,” she has served as a substitute co-host for both “Fox & Friends” during the week and on weekends. She has served as an anchor for KENS-TV  in San Antonio, Texas, and WLTX-TV  in Columbia, S/C.

“Ainsley’s relentless work ethic, congeniality and enthusiasm for connecting with our viewers and staff are extremely refreshing,” said Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News Channel, in a statement. “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.”

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