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Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Hasselbeck at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, 2010
Born Elisabeth DelPadre Filarski
(1977-05-28) May 28, 1977
Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.
Education St. Mary Academy – Bay View
Alma mater Boston College
Occupation Talk show host
Years active 2001–present
Political party Republican[1]
Religion Christianity[2]
Spouse(s) Tim Hasselbeck (m. 2002)
Children 3

Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck (née Filarski; born May 28, 1977) is an American television personality and talk show host. Born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island, she attended St. Mary Academy – Bay View as a teenager and graduated from Boston College in 1999. In January 2001, Hasselbeck rose to prominence as a contestant on the second season of the American version of Survivor, where she finished in fourth place. She married NFL Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck in July 2002.

In November 2003, Hasselbeck replaced Lisa Ling as the fourth co-host on The View. With her co-hosts Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters, she was awarded the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host during the 36th Daytime Emmy Awards. After nearly ten years, Hasselbeck left the series in July 2013, and replaced Gretchen Carlson as the female co-host of Fox & Friends that September.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Television career 2
    • 2001–02: Survivor: The Australian Outback 2.1
    • 2003–13: The View 2.2
    • 2013–present: Fox & Friends 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • Public image 4
    • Celiac disease 4.1
  • Published works 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Early life and education

Elisabeth DelPadre Filarski[3] was born on May 28, 1977, in Cranston, Rhode Island.[4] She is the daughter of Catholic-school teacher and lawyer Elizabeth DelPadre and architect Kenneth Filarski.[5] Her brother, Kenneth, Jr., works as a lawyer and aspiring musician. Their father is of Polish descent and their mother is of Italian ancestry.[6]

Hasselbeck was raised Roman Catholic and attended St. Mary School in Cranston, followed by St. Mary Academy – Bay View in East Providence, where she graduated in 1995.[5] She then attended Boston College, where she captained the women's softball team for two seasons, winning consecutive Big East championships.[7] She would also meet future husband Tim Hasselbeck, who was starting quarterback for the football team. With a concentration on large scale paintings and industrial design, Hasselbeck graduated with a BFA in 1999.[8] Hasselbeck started working for Puma in 1998, while attending Boston College. After graduation, she worked for Puma shoes as a member of its design team before her television career.[8]

Television career

2001–02: Survivor: The Australian Outback

In 2001, Hasselbeck was cast in Survivor: The Australian Outback, and was originally a member of the Kucha tribe. She avoided being voted out at the first Tribal Council in which her tribe attended. She then went on a winning streak but lost once again in episode five, where they voted out Kimmi. In episode six, Hasselbeck's tribemate Michael Skupin fell into the camp fire and had to be medically evacuated, therefore sending the Kucha and Ogakor tribes into the merge with five members each. When the merge came, she lasted almost nine hours in the first individual immunity challenge in which contestants had to stand on a perch in the water for as long as possible. When the first vote came, her tribemate Jeff was voted out due to his previous votes cast against him. This led to another Kucha member Alicia being voted out and sent to the jury. She was next on the block when the biggest threat in her original tribe, Nick, won immunity, but she swayed the votes of Ogakor members Tina Wesson and Colby Donaldson her way, and had the villainous Jerri Manthey voted out. At the final five, her closest ally throughout the entire game, Rodger Bingham, was voted out. She then became the sole remaining Kucha member and was voted out, coming in fourth overall. She was one of four votes for Tina to win. She was one of two people who were asked to return for Survivor: All Stars and declined, the other being Colleen Haskell of Survivor: Borneo.

Hasselbeck was a judge at the Miss Teen USA 2001 pageant.[9] From 2002 to 2003, she hosted the Style Network's The Look for Less where she helped find stylish clothes for bargain prices.[8]

2003–13: The View

Hasselbeck (right) on The View with Joy Behar (left) and Sherri Shepherd (center)

Although Hasselbeck previously saw herself as a "behind the scenes" kind of person and not interested in career television, or playing pundit, her agent was eager to showcase her competitive client and she auditioned for The View in 2003.[10] Hasselbeck was one of a number of women who guest-hosted to replace outgoing The View co-host Lisa Ling, who left the show at the end of 2002. She became a permanent co-host on November 24, 2003.

Hasselbeck typically represented the conservative position on The View.[11]

On August 2, 2006, Hasselbeck got into a heated debate in which she strongly opposed the Food and Drug Administration's plan to sell the "morning after pill" as an over-the-counter drug. Hasselbeck stated, "I believe that life begins at the moment of conception." She said the over-the-counter distribution of the pill should be banned even in cases of rape and incest, because "life still has value." Hasselbeck argued that advocates of the drug use the "rape or incest" exception as a "bait-and-switch" distraction from the goal of making it universally accessible. She argued that if the "rape or incest" exception were all advocates cared about, they would not support its over-the-counter status.[12]

On May 23, 2007, Hasselbeck was involved in a heated on-air argument with co-host Rosie O'Donnell concerning the war in Iraq, which she supported and O'Donnell opposed. When O'Donnell asked, "655,000 Iraqi civilians dead. Who are the terrorists?"[13] O'Donnell was criticized by conservative commentators for her question and she (O'Donnell) complained about Hasselbeck's unwillingness to defend O'Donnell's statements in the controversy that followed. Hasselbeck responded "defend your own insinuations," adding that she should not have to defend anyone else's words for them, especially when that person has a forum in which to present a defense.[14]

The View's panel (left–right Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Hasselbeck) interview United States President Barack Obama on July 29, 2010

On October 3, 2007, Hasselbeck and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg were discussing Senator Hillary Clinton's proposal that the U.S. government provide a $5,000 savings bond for each child at birth. The conversation became heated when Hasselbeck stated it would lead to fewer abortions because women would want to keep the money.[15]

In August 2009, Hasselbeck, along with her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters, won the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. It follows over a decade of nominations for The View with no win. None of the co-hosts of the show was in Los Angeles to collect the award. For the first time, the show had not been nominated for both Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host.[16]

On March 8, 2013, there were widespread media reports that Hasselbeck was going to be fired from the show, effective at the end of the season, allegedly because of market research polling that showed viewers thought her views were too conservative.[17][18][19][20] However, on the March 11, 2013, episode of the show, Walters said that the rumors were "particularly false" and that there are "no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show".[21][22][23][24]

On July 9, 2013, ABC confirmed that Hasselbeck would be leaving The View to join Fox & Friends.[25] Her last day on The View was July 10, 2013.[26]

2013–present: Fox & Friends

On September 16, 2013, Hasselbeck joined the Fox News morning show, Fox & Friends as a co-host, replacing Gretchen Carlson.[27][28] By that November, the show's ratings had grown by 9 percent, and increased 10 percent in viewership among people ages 25–54.[29]

Personal life

On July 6, 2002, Hasselbeck married her college boyfriend, professional football quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. They have a daughter, Grace Elisabeth born in 2005,[30] and two sons, Taylor Thomas born in 2007, and Isaiah Timothy born in 2009.[31][32] Hasselbeck has been open about owing much of her career to the influence of her husband's family, particularly her father-in-law, Don Hasselbeck.

Hasselbeck is a Christian,[2] and in August 2014, she condemned the persecution of Christians in Iraq, as well as the removal of Bibles from hotel rooms in the United States.[33]

Public image

Hasselbeck has said that she calls herself neither a conservative nor a liberal. Her parents were liberals.[34] She has stated that the term "conservative" does not define her as a person.[35] On October 26, 2008, Hasselbeck appeared at Republican rallies in Florida, introducing vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.[36] In August 2013, conservative Newsmax magazine named Hasselbeck among the "25 most influential women in the GOP".[37] In 2015 on Bill O'Reilly, Hasselbeck agreed with the description of herself as a traditional, conservative woman. [38]

Hasselbeck is a supporter of breast cancer awareness initiatives in the form of an Internet-only PSA on breast cancer diagnosis.[39]

Celiac disease

Hasselbeck is living with celiac disease.[40] She has written a book on the subject, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, which has appeared on several best-seller lists. On June 23, 2009, a lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Massachusetts alleging that her book was plagiarized from a self-published book by Susan Hasset.[41] Hasselbeck released a statement calling the allegations baseless. The lawsuit was dismissed in November 2009 when the plaintiff's lawyer declined to pursue it, saying to the press that he believed some degree of plagiarism occurred, but it was not sufficient to justify monetary damages.[42][43][44]

In 2011, Hasselbeck introduced NoGii, her line of gluten-free nutritional products for children and adults.[45]

Published works

  • The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide (2008) ISBN 9781599951898[46]
  • Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They'll Never Believe It's Gluten-Free (2012) ISBN 9780345529381[46]

See also


  1. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck – Famous Republicans – Zimbio".  
  2. ^ a b Osman, Rachel (July 16, 2013). "Jenny McCarthy Vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck: How 'The View' Hosts Compare".  
  3. ^ Hasselbeck stated this on the July 25, 2007 episode of The View.
  4. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck".  
  5. ^ a b "Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Biography". People. 
  6. ^ "Video — Top 10 Fun Facts About Elisabeth Hasselbeck". Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "BC to Honor Alumni Sept. 30". The Boston College Chronicle. September 23, 2004. 
  8. ^ a b c "The View – Co-Hosts – Elisabeth Hasselbeck – Bio". 
  9. ^ "Survivor's Elisabeth, Big Bro's Krista To Judge Miss Teen USA Pageant – Reality TV World". 
  10. ^ Maureen Callahan notes in her July 24, 2007 New York Post article The Survivor, according to executive producer Bill Geddie
  11. ^ Ewald, Dan (July–August 2006). "Sharing Her View". ChristianityToday. Archived from the original on May 19, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2007. 
  12. ^ Giese, Rachel (August 14, 2006). "Women on the Verge". Retrieved November 14, 2006. 
  13. ^ Scarborough Country' for May 17"'" (Transcript). MSNBC. May 18, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2007. 
  14. ^ Orloff, Brian (May 23, 2007). "Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell Square Off". People. 
  15. ^ View' Fight: Goldberg Belittles Hasselbeck's Abortion Position"'". 
  16. ^ "Bold wins at Daytime Emmy Awards". Los Angeles Times. August 30, 2009. 
  17. ^ Chen, Joyce (March 8, 2013). "" Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View After Nine Years, Viewers Found Her "Too Extreme and Right WingExclusive:". Us Weekly. 
  18. ^ O'Connell, Michael; Marisa Guthrie (March 8, 2013). "'"Elisabeth Hasselbeck Also Departing 'The View. The Hollywood Reporter. 
  19. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (March 10, 2013). "Elisabeth Hasselbeck: 'The View' co-host fired for being too 'right-wing,' report says". The Washington Times. 
  20. ^ Shanahan, Mark; Meredith Goldstein (March 9, 2013). "'"Elisabeth Hasselbeck reportedly out at 'The View. The Boston Globe. 
  21. ^ Full statement by Barbara Walters on the March 11, 2013, episode of The View: "There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth's alleged departure, saying that we don't approve of her conservative views. The truth is, we love Elisabeth. I like her personally and she's just a wonderful person. But beyond that, we value and appreciate her point of view. It's important to us because Elisabeth helps give this show perspective and balance. And believe me, she's tougher than she looks; she'd have to sit here for a decade and take the kind of guff we give her. So we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show."
  22. ^ "Barbara Walters on Elisabeth Hasselbeck: "We Have No Plans" for Her to Leave The View". Us Weekly. March 11, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kaplan, Don (March 11, 2013). "'"Barbara Walters defends Elisabeth Hasselbeck on 'The View': 'We have no plans for her to leave the show. New York Daily News. 
  24. ^ Stelter, Brian (March 11, 2013). "'"Walters Says There Are 'No Plans' for Hasselbeck to Leave 'The View. The New York Times. 
  25. ^ Hibberd, James (July 9, 2013). "Elisabeth Hasselbeck exits 'The View' for Fox News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  26. ^ Watson, Sheridan (July 10, 2013). "Elisabeth Hasselbeck says farewell to 'The View' – VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  27. ^ Lewis, Hilary (September 16, 2013). "Elisabeth Hasselbeck Makes 'Fox and Friends' Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  28. ^ "SNEAK PEEK: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Dishes on Fox and Friends Debut!". Fox News Channel. September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  29. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (November 25, 2013). "Hosts With the Most?". TV Guide. p. 6.
  30. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (April 7, 2005). "Elisabeth Hasselbeck Welcomes a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved April 7, 2005. 
  31. ^ Cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck Has a Boy"View". People. November 10, 2007. Retrieved November 27, 2007. 
  32. ^ Ritti, Missy (August 9, 2009). "Elisabeth Hasselbeck Welcomes Third Child". People. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  33. ^ Klett, Leah Marieann (August 14, 2014). "Fox & Friends' Elisabeth Hasselbeck Slams Atheist Groups, Warns Against Eliminating Religious Freedom". Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  34. ^
  35. ^ All stated on Hasselbeck's April 12, 2007 appearance as a guest on Fox's Hannity and Colmes
  36. ^ "Hasselbeck to Campaign for Palin". ABC News. Retrieved October 23, 2008. 
  37. ^ Meyers, Jim. "Newsmax Exclusive: The 25 Influential Women of the GOP". Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  38. ^
  39. ^ Elisabeth Hasselbeck Breast Cancer Diagnosis PSA. 
  40. ^ Parker, Eloise (May 4, 2009). "The View Co-host Elisabeth Hasselback Talks". Daily News (New York). Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  41. ^ Hassett, Sue. Living with Celiac Disease. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris.  
  42. ^ "Judge tosses plagiarism suit vs. 'View' star Elisabeth Hasselbeck". Boston Herald. 
  43. ^ "Mass. judge tosses suit against Hasselbeck". USA Today. November 16, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  44. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Diet: Now Gluten – and Lawsuit-Free". E! Online. 
  45. ^ "NoGii by Elisabeth Hasselbeck". Gluten Free Protein Bar Reviews. 
  46. ^ a b G-Free' and Yummy: Four Cookbooks That Promise Taste and Healthfulness"'". Library Journal. March 2, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
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