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.
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.
'Survivor' and Beginning a Television Career
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. ...But you are even more loving than you are talented. You are walking unconditional love. ...I am blessed to have gotten to call myself a friend of yours." To Joy Behar, Hasselbeck said, "Joy and I have spent the past 10 years sparring over politics, but you know I have an insane amount of respect for you. ...I love you. I truly do." And to Barbara Walters, she said, "I did the math last night and I believe, I could be wrong, I have over 3,000 days working by your side. I think it's fair to say over the course of a decade, I feel as though I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting journalism. I feel like I have my master's in communications from being next to you. I don't know if there's a program out there that could offer the depth of knowledge, technique and art of interview that you have offered to everyone at this table and especially to me," adding, "You are the best there is."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is married to sports analyst and former professional football player Tim Hasselbeck. The two began dating when they were both Boston College students in 1997; they wed in Rhode Island in 2002. The couple has three children: Grace Elisabeth (born in 2005), Taylor Thomas (born in 2007) and Isaiah (born in 2009).
Hasselbeck suffers from celiac disease, which she manages with a gluten-free diet. She has published two books on the topic, Deliciously G-Free and The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.
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