It's been three months since TV anchor, Ainsley Earhardt, got the best news of her life — she gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby girl.
What soon followed from her employers at Fox News Channel gave her even more of a reason to count her blessings.
Earhardt was recently named the new co-host of “Fox & Friends,” which the network calls the “highest-rated morning program” on cable television. Fox Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes says of the 39-year-olds' recent promotion:
“Ainsley’s relentless work ethic, congeniality and enthusiasm for connecting with our viewers and staff are extremely refreshing. She’s a superb team player and an excellent on-air host — we look forward to her joining the show during such a pivotal news year.”
Apparently, the feeling is mutual. Earhardt reveals in a statement to Independent Journal Review that the welcomed news means so much to her as both an employee and a first-time mom:
“Fox News has become a second family to me, and it's even more important now as I've entered into motherhood. It's rare for a company to support family the way that our boss, Roger Ailes, does, at Fox. I actually received a promotion while out on maternity leave.”
It's not the first time Earhardt has sung Fox's praises. Right after the birth of little Hayden, she regarded her work colleagues as “family”:
“Everyone at Fox has been so supportive. A true, true family. I loved working there obviously before and have for the last nine years, but when everyone found out that we were having a baby everyone was so supportive. I don’t think I could have a nursery put together — most of the things in here have been given to me by all of the staff there at Fox. I met with Roger and Roger said, ‘I want you to know that this baby is part of the FOX family, Ainsley.’”
Earhardt isn't the only Fox anchor to get a promotion after giving birth. Megyn Kelly also got bumped up to a prime time anchor spot right after she gave birth to her third child. In a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Kelly was asked about her stance on paid maternity leave:
“There are certain things we can all agree [on]. I had it made because I had a boss who gave me paid maternity leave by contract, but a lot of people don't have that. You should never have to choose between your baby and your job.”
Fox tells Independent Journal Review Kelly was promoted twice while on maternity leave — the first time when she was promoted to host of her two hour afternoon show 'America Live.'
Megyn Kelly is co-hosting Fox News’s upcoming Republican Debate in Detroit, Michigan, on March 3 alongside Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.