Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Feb. 11 2010 in New York City.(Photo Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images)
It was billed as Elisabeth's huge announcement on Wednesday's The View.
And it was the hot topic that kicked off the show as Elisabeth Hasselbeck walked in arm in arm with Barbara Walters.
I am a little emotional said a shaky Walters or as Barbara sometimes says I'm a little verklempt.
She continued It was reported last night that our Elisabeth is leaving us to join to the Fox network. ... As you can see I'm a little teary. I always want what's best for you. You know how I feel about you.
Then she said I'm happy that you're going. Realizing her blunder she quickly said No I'm not happy that you're going ... You tell us about it.
Hasselbeck said I'm happy and excited to confirm that I'll be joining the Fox Friends team in September.
She thanked cast crew security sound makeup and everyone behind the scenes.
She singled out exec producer Bill Geddie who challenged me every single day to be my best and made her never be fearful of voicing my opinion here.
To 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 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.
Sherri Shepard (who was not there) Your protest about this is not working she joked. Even when you're not right beside me here I know you are always with me. You are my sister in Christ my friend for life and when I see you just be warned I will hug you for probably three and a half days straight.
And to Walters she said 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.
She said I feel more than prepared at this point because of all you've given me ... to more forward. I've worked with the best in the business... You are the best there is.
And finally One last thing Lastly I just want to leave you with this thanks ... I'm not the first person to sit in this chair and I will certainly not be the last person to sit in this chair. The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary. I wholeheartedly wish the next person or co hosts that sit here an extraordinary set of years to come of their own.
Cracked Behar who is exiting the show next month Can I borrow that speech when I leave
Hasselbeck pointing to a piece of paper said Just replace your name with mine.
Walters got in the last word during the farewell though. I have enormous affection for you she told Hasselbeck and tried to make a joke that she won't be having a fourth child because of her upcoming really long hours. It kind of fell flat.
She cited that Hasselbeck has been such a big part of the show's success.
Walters also announced that we are not going to be filling Hasselbeck's seat very soon. She said there will be plenty of guest co hosts and said Don't send us any tapes or r sum s please.
She invited Hasselbeck to come and visit anytime.
Cracked Behar to Hasselbeck Fox. Gee won't you be a fish out of water there
A serious Whoopi said I just think you're the cat's meow. You've been a really good friend to me and I appreciate you. At this point Hasselbeck welled up.
Said Walters You're leaving us and you're taking a lot of love with you.