The Rushmore Report: Ainsley Earhardt on Success, Motherhood, and God


If you’re an early riser, chances are you’ve seen Ainsley Earhardt, the newest co-host of Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends. When not on the famous curvy couch with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, Ainsley interviews big names like Melania Trump. Now she is speaking out on her amazing success, motherhood, and most of all, her faith in God.

Earhardt’s new book, Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream, has shot to #1 on the New York Times best-sellers list.

“I was like, oh, my word, this is such a God thing!” Ainsley told CBN News in an exclusive interview. She compared her reaction to Abraham’s wife, Sarah, in the Bible. “Sarah laughed, because Sarah was barren and then she found out she was pregnant at 100 years old – or however old she was – and she just laughed. I can totally relate to that because God is so good and God did this and it just makes me laugh because I knew he would.”

When she’s not on the air, Ainsley spends time with her one-year-old daughter, Hayden, for whom she wrote the book.

She says the Bible was the inspiration for the title.

Take Heart: God Is in Control

“I feel like I can take heart because I know that he’s in control, and I want Hayden to know that she can take heart. God is in control. I will never let her go. I am always here for her, and I will love her unconditionally, the way God loves me,” she continued.

Ainsley wrote the book while she was pregnant with Hayden. She filled the book with inspirational quotes like the ones her own dad used to leave for her and her siblings at the breakfast table.

“I think my favorite one – because every child likes Disney World – was a quote from Walt Disney: ‘I hope I’ll never be afraid to fail,’ because Dad always said, ‘you never want the fear of failure to stand between you and your destiny.'”

God, Are You Sure?

Ainsley grew up in South Carolina, majored in broadcasting, and landed anchoring jobs in South Carolina and Texas before joining Fox News in 2007.

“When I got the job with Fox, I said, ‘God, are you sure?’ I know nothing about politics, I’ve been covering car accidents and street closures and the pothole patrol in my hometown. I’m going into this big job.”

It’s a Job Ainsley Takes Seriously

“For Fox & Friends, I wake up at 3:00, I leave the apartment around 3:45. I go straight into my office, I put on the dress and the heels and all of that. I go into hair and makeup, and while I’m there – which is awesome that they provide that – I’m studying for the show, I’m reading what’s coming up,” she said.

“The night before each show, I’ve studied for my interviews, but that morning I get the talking points, and the talking points are all ad-lib. So if we’re talking about the election or black Friday, or Christmas or whatever it might be – or even the book – we want to be prepared,” she explained.

Ainsley Shares Her Faith on Air

“Fox has never told me I can’t share my faith,” Ainsley told us. “They embrace that and they want us to be real and want us to be ourselves. And they’ve always said the audience can tell if you’re not yourself, so I decided just to let loose.”

Giving Credit to God

How does she juggle it all? “Full disclosure. It’s not easy,” she says. “I totally rely on God.”

Ainsley says she is grateful for all of her success, and gives God credit for it all. “The moment I stop giving him the glory is the moment I will fall, and I will fail, and I know that. I’ve experienced that in my life. I’ve turned my back on Him and it was the hardest time of my life. I trust Him and I love Him. I’m just grateful. All of my dreams have come true.

About the Author

Wendy Griffith is a co-host for the Christian Broadcasting Network.


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