U.S. Tv presenter Elisabeth Hasselbeck is taking a hiatus from morning news programme Fox & Friends to recover from surgery.

The former The View co-host was missing from the panel of the daily morning show on Wednesday (15Oct14) and her fellow presenters told viewers Hasselbeck is recovering from an undisclosed operation.

Presenter Steve Doocy said, "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."

Co-host Brian Kilmeade added, "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."

A representative for Fox News tells TheWrap.com, "Elisabeth has asked for all to respect her wishes for privacy in regards to further details at this time."