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Fox News Announces Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Replacement

"I am grateful for this opportunity and am thrilled to join Steve and Brian on the curvy couch.."

Months after Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced she was stepping down from her spot co-host of Fox News' early morning show "Fox and Friends," the network has finally announced who will fill her shoes on a permanent basis.

Hasselbeck's replacement will be none other than Fox's own Ainsley Earhardt.

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Earhardt has been with Fox News since 2007, where she first began as a network correspondent before transitioning into her current role as co-host of Fox News' super early morning show "Fox and Friends FIRST."

"Ainsley’s relentless work ethic, congeniality and enthusiasm for connecting with our viewers and staff are extremely refreshing," Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a network 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."

Earhardt is set to make her official debut Feb. 29, alongside co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.

"I am grateful for this opportunity and am thrilled to join Steve and Brian on the curvy couch to deliver Americans their morning news," Earhardt said in a statement.

During her tenure at the network, Earhardt has served as a substitute co-host for both "Fox and Friends" and "Fox and Friends Weekend." As a correspondent, she covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, in addition to many other major national news events such as Pope Francis' visit to New York City, the Veteran Affairs investigations, and the Fort Hood massacre, among many others.

Prior to joining Fox News, Earhardt was an anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio and at WLTX-TV in Columbia, South Carolina.

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