Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck is a retired American television personality and talk show host. Hasselbeck was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island. 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. Take a look below for 27 more awesome and interesting facts about Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
1. Elisabeth was born on May 28, 1977, in Cranston, Rhode Island.
2. She is the daughter of Catholic-school teacher and lawyer Elizabeth DelPadre and architect Kenneth Filarski.
3. Her brother, Kenneth, Jr., is a practicing attorney and aspiring musician.
4. Their father is of Polish descent and their mother is of Italian ancestry.
5. 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.
6. She then attended Boston College, where she captained the women’s softball team for two seasons, winning consecutive Big East championships.
7. With a concentration on large scale paintings and industrial design, Hasselbeck graduated with a BFA in 1999.
9. After graduation, she worked for Puma shoes as a member of its design team before her television career.
10. In 2001, Hasselbeck (then Elisabeth Filarski) 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 which her tribe attended.
11. She then went on a winning streak but lost once again in episode five, where they voted out Kimmi.
12. 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.
13. Hasselbeck was a judge at the Miss Teen USA 2001 pageant.
14. From 2002 to 2003, she hosted the Style Network’s The Look for Less where she helped find stylish clothes for bargain prices.
15. Although Hasselbeck previously saw herself as a “behind the scenes” kind of person and not interested in a career in television, or playing pundit, her agent was eager to showcase her competitive client and she auditioned for The View in 2003.
16. 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.
17. She became a permanent co-host on November 24, 2003.
18. Hasselbeck typically represented the conservative position on The View.
19. On September 16, 2013, Hasselbeck joined the Fox News morning show, Fox & Friends as a co-host, replacing Gretchen Carlson.
20. In November 2015, Hasselbeck announced that she would retire and leave Fox & Friends at the end of the year in order to spend more time with her family, saying she wanted to “give them the best of me, not the rest of me”.
21. On July 6, 2002, Hasselbeck married her college boyfriend, professional football quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.
22. They have a daughter, Grace Elisabeth (born in 2005), and two sons, Taylor Thomas (born in 2007), and Isaiah Timothy (born in 2009).
23. Hasselbeck is a Christian, 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.
24. Hasselbeck has said that she calls herself neither a conservative nor a liberal. Her parents were liberals.
25. She has stated that the term “conservative” does not define her as a person.
26. She was a keynote speaker at the Republican National Conventions in both 2004 and 2008.
27. Hasselbeck stated she is living with celiac disease. 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.