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The Fox empire continues to make substantive changes to its programming line-up, ditching legacy talent while struggling to maintain its former audience share.
In the latest move, Fox Business is canceling the long-running show “Kennedy,” which airs at the 7 p.m. EDT slot, and will instead, for now, air reruns of former Trump administration economist Larry Kudlow, according to Broadcasting & Cable.
Meanwhile, the report said that Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will remain at Fox News, where she will be a recurring figure on “The Five,” “Outnumbered,” and other shows.
“Fridays are also seeing a change at Fox Business, with Wall Street Journal at Large with Gerry Baker no longer in the 7:30 p.m. slot, and Barron’s Roundtable moving into that slot. Barron’s Roundtable is currently on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Baker will continue to contribute to Fox News Media,” the report added.
The Fox Business Network ends each broadcast day with reruns of COPS, new episodes of which currently air on Fox’s streaming network Fox Nation.
Fox Business Cancels Kennedy at 7 PM to Air Reruns of Larry Kudlow https://t.co/51kpdcqPJ5
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) June 1, 2023
Meanwhile, Fox News announced on April 24 that popular primetime host Tucker Carlson and the network “have agreed to part ways” after more than a decade.
“Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st, Fox News said, meaning Carlson did not get a chance to sign off to his viewers. The news comes days after Fox News reached a historic 11th hour settlement with Dominion Voting Systems for over $787 million,” Axios reported.
“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor. Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named,” Fox News said in a statement.
“FOX News Media operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Digital, FOX News Audio, FOX News Books, the direct-to-consumer streaming services FOX Nation and FOX News International, and the free ad-supported television service FOX Weather. Currently, the number one network in all of cable, FNC has also been the most-watched television news channel for more than 21 consecutive years, while FBN ranks among the top business channels on cable. Owned by Fox Corporation, FOX News Media reaches nearly 200 million people each month,” the statement added.
Fox News made headlines the previous week when it announced that host Dan Bongino had parted ways with the news network in what is a stunner to his fans and fans of the top-rated cable giant.
“Folks, regretfully, last week was my last show on Fox News on the Fox News Channel,” the host said on his podcast Thursday Variety reported. “It’s tough. It’s tough to say that. You know, I’ve been there doing hits and working there for ten years…so the show ending was tough. And I want you to know it’s not some big conspiracy. I promise you. There’s no acrimony. This wasn’t some WWE brawl that happened. We just couldn’t come to terms on an extension.”
“We thank Dan for his contributions and wish him success in his future endeavors,” the network said.
Reports have since speculated that Carlson was booted as part of Fox’s $787.5 million defamation settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, though both the company and the network have disputed that.
Fox’s ratings have taken a substantive hit since Carlson was taken off the air. The network once dominated all day parts but now regularly loses out to far-left MSNBC programs, while conservative-leaning Newsmax TV, which features a number of former Fox News hosts, has seen its viewership rise as well.