Jacob Elyachar Staff Writer
The View creator and executive producer Barbara Walters walked side-by-side with outgoing panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck as they were met by a standing ovation from The View audience.
Walters started the show stating she was “verklempt” to announce the news of Hasselbeck’s departure from the show to join the FOX News network.
“I always want what’s best for you,” Walters said to the departing panelist. “ You know how I feel about you, and even though I am not happy that you are going, I want you to tell us about it. “
After catching her breath, Hasselbeck began to reveal her new chapter in her career.
“I am very happy and excited to confirm that I will be joining the Fox & Friends team this September,” said Hasselbeck during the July 10th episode.
After thanking the FOX News personnel for this great opportunity, the Survivor alum began to thank everyone for her experience on the show.
“For a decade, I have worked at this table and I mean this with whole heart, thanks to everyone who is behind the scenes worked more efficiently.” Hasselbeck stated. “Thank you for making our jobs at this table so much easier.”
The future FOX News host also praised Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar for their work and also absent panelist Sherri Shepherd.
“Your protest of absence is not working!” the outgoing panelist stated. “I love you, Sherri, and I appreciate our talk last night and even though you are not always with me, I know you are with me. You are my sister of Christ and my friend for life and the next time, I see you be warned, I will probably hug you for three-and-a-half days straight.”
Viewers also got to see a slew of photos of some of Hasselbeck’s best moments from the show including her interviews with former President Clinton and President Obama, her time on the campaign trail and shooting promos with numerous past and present members of The View team.
The ABC News veteran Walters also stated that even though they had a slew of guest co-hosts in Hasselbeck’s chair, “They will be taking their time in finding Hasselbeck’s replacement.”