Elisabeth Hasselbeck made her debut on Fox and Friends on Monday morning, and she looked happily and comfortably at home taking Donald Trump seriously as an international affairs analyst. Though Hasselbeck's new co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, introduced her to viewers by noting her lack of clothing on Survivor and many years on The View, it was Trump who cut to the core of makes Hasselbeck so perfect for Fox. "I was won over because Rosie attacked her and what she did to Rosie is unbelievable," Trump said, explaining when how he became a Hasselbeck fan. "In fact Rosie never showed up after that, did she? I think she just split." Hasselbeck laughed. "That's the real Elisabeth," Trump said. "She's very smart, very tough, and she's also very nice — but just stay friendly with her."
Rosie O'Donnell essentially predicted this herself several years ago in one of her many infamous fights with Hasselbeck on The View during the Iraq war. O'Donnell complained, "Here's how it gets spun in the media: Rosie — big, fat, lesbian, loud Rosie attacks innocent, pure, Christian Elisabeth." Trump would probably agree with that analysis. He looked especially blond on Monday, perhaps in an homage to Hasselbeck (photo above right). She told reporters recently, "I'd almost make the analogy that it's being called up to play for one of your favorite teams in the major leagues... "I am privileged to call myself a team member, but I have felt like family there for a long time."
Hasselbeck was welcomed warmly into Fox's sleeves-hating family (pictured at right) with an elaborately-staged symbolic trashing of the old yellow couch her co-hosts once shared with Gretchen Carlson. The new couch is white, and leather. The View's Sherri Shepard stopped by, and pointed out how soft the Fox couch is — The View's couch "is hard on your little tailbone." Later, they wheeled in a gluten-free cake to celebrate. There was a replica of the couch on the cake. The couch is very important on Fox and Friends. Elsewhere, the cycle continued: