- NAME: Elisabeth Hasselbeck
- OCCUPATION: Talk Show Host, Reality Television Star
- BIRTH DATE: May 28, 1977 (Age: 36)
- EDUCATION: St. Mary Academy - Bay View, Boston College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Cranston, Rhode Island
- Full Name: Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck
- Maiden Name: Elisabeth Filarski
- AKA: Elisabeth Hasselbeck
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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Television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck is best known as the politically conservative co-host of The View. She starred on the popular talk show from 2003 to 2013.
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Television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck was born on May 28, 1977, in Cranston, Rhode Island. Hasselbeck first appeared on TV in 2001 as a contestant on Survivor. She went on to host The Look for Less (2002-03) and co-host the popular daytime talk show The View (2003-13). Hasselbeck is known for her conservative political views. She is married to former athlete Tim Hasselbeck and has three children.
"I don't have a problem with conflict. I'm not a stranger to high-pressure situations. I've been there, believe me."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck was born Elisabeth Filarski on May 28, 1977, in Cranston, Rhode Island. Her father, Ken Filarski, was an architect, and her mother, Elizabeth (DelPadre) Filarski, was a lawyer. She attended the Catholic school St. Mary Academy - Bay View in East Providence, Rhode Island. She then studied at Boston College, where she played softball and majored in fine arts, and graduated in 1999.
Hasselbeck was working as a shoe designer for the footwear and sportswear company Puma in 2001 when she auditioned for, and received, a slot on the reality television competition Survivor: The Australian Outback. She lasted over a month in the contest, finishing fourth. In 2002, she was hired to host The Look for Less, a budget-conscious fashion makeover show on the Style Network.
In 2003, at the age of 26, Hasselbeck was hired as a co-host of the popular daytime television talk show The View, joining Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones and Meredith Vieira. She replaced Lisa Ling, who had just left the show. Shortly after Hasselbeck came aboard, more changes took place: Jones was fired, Vieira left for the Today show and comedian Rosie O'Donnell became part of the team.
Hasselbeck's conservative political viewpoint set her apart from her co-hosts, who have tended to be more liberal in their outlooks. On the show, she was outspoken about her Republican affiliation and her anti-abortion beliefs, and these opinions led to disagreements with her co-workers. In 2007, Hasselbeck locked horns on-air several times with her similarly outspoken co-host, Rosie O'Donnell. In May of that year, she and O'Donnell argued about the United States' involvement in the Iraq War (Hasselbeck was in favor of the war, but O'Donnell opposed it). O'Donnell left The View shortly after this confrontation, and was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg.
Rumors about Hasselbeck's status on The View surfaced several times over the years. In 2008, Hasselbeck denied reports that she was leaving the show for a position at FOX News. In March 2013, headlines claimed that she was being dismissed from The View due to her polarizing opinions. Barbara Walters denied the rumors, however, and went on to voice her support for Hasselbeck's ongoing presence at The View. The rumors were put to rest in July 2013, when Hasselbeck officially and publicly announced plans to leave the talk show, joining FOX News' Fox & Friends program as a co-host.
During her emotional farewell speech, Hasselbeck thanked her fellow co-hosts. Turning toward Whoopi Goldberg, she said, "You are one of the most talented artists on the planet.
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