While most contestants on the reality hit Survivor disappear back into obscurity, Elisabeth Hasselbeck managed to carve out a hugely successful TV career. In fact, thanks to a long-running stint on The View and a co-hosting gig on Fox & Friends, the talk-show regular barely left our screens for more than a decade. But all has gone quiet since the outspoken conservative quit the latter program in 2015. Here, then, is a look at why she pressed stop on her day job.
Elisabeth Hasselback was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, in 1977 to liberal parents. Her mother worked as a tutor and a lawyer, while her father was an architect. In 1999 Hasselback graduated from Massacheusett’s Boston College, where she enjoyed success captaining the women’s softball team and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Then followed a brief spell working as a designer for a high-profile sportswear brand. But in 2001, the then 24-year-old was cast in the second season of the TV reality show Survivor.