In this 2011 photo released by 2MK Studio/Fox News, Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes speaks at a 15-year anniversary party held for employees in New York. (AP Photo/2MK Studio/Fox News)

Fox News announced today that “Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be leaving the network to spend more time with her family.

Though that stated reason has a long history of flimsiness, the Erik Wemple Blog has no reason to believe it’s not actually the case for Hasselbeck, a former mainstay on ABC’s “The View.” She said in a statement: “Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things. Throughout my 14 years working in television, I have never experienced a more positive and thoughtful atmosphere than FOX News Channel, thanks to the strong leadership of [Fox News Chairman & CEO] Roger Ailes, who has created the best working environment a woman and mother could ask for. His understanding, compassion, and kindness was exemplified when I shared with him that I am entering into a season where I want to start my day with my children first, and he offered his blessing to do so. With a heart full of gratitude and the peace that God has given me, I am confident that this personal decision is the right one for our family, and we will be joining all of you watching Fox & Friends each morning as we get ready for school together.”

Now: Why can’t the families of the co-hosts — Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade — need more of their morning hours? That way, we could replenish the entirety of TV news’s very worst program, which dominates the cable-news ratings for its time slot ( 6-9 a.m.).

It’s no use anyhow. This is a program that’s programmed for idiocy. When Hasselbeck took over from Gretchen Carlson in July 2013, she honored and perpetuated the show’s traditions of close-mindedness and offensiveness. Surely her replacement will do likewise.

Until a replacement is named, there’ll be a rotation of temporary co-hosts sitting in Hasselbeck’s seat.