Elisabeth Hasselbeck returned to Fox And Friends this morning after taking a month off due to “a bit of a scare,” she said this morning, adding she had the “blessing of it not being cancer.”
“I had a tumor in my abdomen. The doctor said, ‘You got to get it out by the end of the month, we don’t like how it looks’,” she explained at the top of today’s show. “I had a scary week when we didn’t know what the results were. But I’m okay…everything came back okay. Surgery’s not fun, but it is necessary to find out if you have something really terrible.”
While the tumor was determined to be not cancerous, she said, “It was a scary week indeed.” And, she thanked “Mr. Ailes and the entire Fox family for treating me like family the entire way.”
“So many people I know have stared down the barrel of that cancer gun, and looked at it when they have gotten bad news. ..and done remarkable things, courageously to fight it,” Hasselbeck told viewers. “So I knew if I got that kind of news I would be in their wings and, by their example, able to fight it. I didn’t get that message from my doctors. I got a clear and clean bill of health and I’m thankful. “
“I’m not a person who thinks that I take a lot for granted, but I certainly don’t take it for granted now.”
Then they caked her. With a cake Steve Doocy announced was from Cake Boss.
“Thank you, Cake Boss!” Hasselbeck gushed.
“Wherever you are,” snarked Eric Bolling, sitting next to Hasselbeck. (Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro appeared in court yesterday afternoon, hours after being arrested in New York City on charges of driving while intoxicated.)
Hasselbeck tweeted yesterday morning she would be returning to Fox News Channel’s morning show today and would discuss her absence.
On October 15, the program announced Hasselbeck was taking time off after having surgery the previous day, and that she would be out for a “couple weeks.” A rep told Deadline back then that Hasselbeck wished the details to remain private. The show used rotating fill-ins during her absence.
In 2009, Hasselbeck revealed she suffers from celiac disease, publishing her book The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide.