"Fox & Friends" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be off the air for an estimated two weeks after having surgery Tuesday for an undisclosed condition.
On Wednesday morning's show, with Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox News' "The Five" and "Outnumbered" filling in, co-host Steve Doocy announced, "In case you were wondering where Elisabeth is today and this week, well, she had some surgery yesterday and she's going to be out for a couple of weeks. But she's doing just fine, she's on the mend."
Added fellow co-host Brian Kilmeade, "But as you know if you watch the show, she is strong, she is tough and a better athlete than me. We heard from her last night and she said she is feeling good. So, in a short time, she'll be back on the set. Until then," he said, "we get a chance to work with wonderful people like Kimberly," appearing to suggest that various people would be substitutes for Hasselbeck.
A Fox News representative told TheWrap.com, "Elisabeth has asked for all to respect her wishes for privacy in regards to further details at this time."
Hasselbeck, 37, has not tweeted since Oct. 10 and has made no public comment.
In February, she told Giuliana Rancic on E!'s "Beyond Candid With Giuliana" that her family has a history of cancer and said, "I think it's coming. . . . The numbers are pointing to the fact that it's coming." She added, "I've always felt as though it's probably going to happen, and then since I've reached a certain age . . . I do think that now it's a matter of when."
Hasselbeck, a contestant on the 2001 Australian Outback edition of "Survivor," went on to replace Lisa Ling in 2003 as a co-host on "The View." She remained in the ensemble through July 2013, and succeeded Gretchen Carlson on "Fox & Friends" that September.