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Fox News Announces Gretchen Carlson Being Replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Getting New Show [UPDATE]

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Aug 07, 2013 11:15 AM EDT | Jonathan Lambert

Gretchen Carlson

Gretchen Carlson on Fox and Friends. (Photo : Captain Johnny Rea)

Fox News has officially announced that Gretchen Carlson is getting a new afternoon show on the conservative news network. Carlson is being replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox and Friends.

The announcement first came via The View, where Hasselbeck was working. ABC, who airs the popular morning show issued a statement about Elisabeth’s exit:

“For a decade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has brought her passion and strong beliefs to The View. 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.”

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It was then revealed that Hasselbeck would be replacing Carlson. While many wondered if this would mean the end of Gretchen’s career, the star informed her audience that she was moving on up, telling the audience, "I'm going to move forward in my career, moving on to the afternoons here at Fox and hosting my own show coming up in September.”

These are the biggest changes to Fox’s lineup in quite some time. While some analysts worry about the shake up, Variety reports that Fox is still handedly in the number one spot for network news:

“To be sure, Fox News Channel continues to trump CNN and MSNBC handily in prime-time audiences between 25 and 54--the demographic advertisers seek from news programs. But the network did see some slackening in its first quarter in so-called 'commercial ratings'--or measures of viewership for the ads that support its programs – for that demo, according to Billie Gold, vice president and director of buying and programming research at Carat, a media-buying firm that counts General Motors among its clients.”

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