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It is the end of an era at the Fox News Channel as “Justice” with host Jeanine Pirro has signed off for the last time.
Pirro has given up her weekly show to become a host on the very popular daytime program “The Five” alongside co-hosts Jesse Watters, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld.
The move to “The Five” shows how Fox News views Pirro as a popular voice among its audience who wants to see more of her.
But the move is bittersweet for Pirro as she said goodbye to her weekly audience for the last time on Saturday.
“Eleven years ago, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” began, hosted by a former prosecutor, judge and D.A. sitting not in a courtroom with armed deputies, but instead in a studio armed with teleprompters, monitors and a dedicated staff and crew. The mission was a familiar one: finding truth and justice — the jury bigger, though. In fact, a national one, thus bringing you truth, justice and the American way. Each and every week, we watched events unfold in America together through the lens of this studio. When we started this journey, we were all a bit younger, but not as wise as we are now. We were certainly more optimistic,” she said.
“I thank you for fighting for me, and you know who you are. So as we reach the end of this journey, don’t think you’re getting rid of me just yet. I’ll be going to the number one show on all of cable news this Monday, “The Five,” right here on Fox, so you’ll be able to see me five days a week. I will continue to fight for all of you, to make my views known, to make my arguments clear and to fight for the America that we all know and love. I’ll be sitting there looking out for you, as always, and hopefully you’ll be right there looking back at me,” the popular host said.
JUDGE JEANINE’S FINAL OPENING STATEMENT: “I will continue to fight for all of you, make my views known and fight for the America that we all know and love. I’ll be sitting there looking out for you as always and hopefully you’ll be there looking right back at me.” pic.twitter.com/k7GI46CdnN
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) January 23, 2022
Pirro was named a permanent cohost OF “The Five” earlier this month.
“’The Five’ continues to be a beloved show by the American audience. Each of the co-hosts is accomplished and insightful talent with diverse opinions and terrific chemistry who will certainly help drive this ensemble program going forward,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott announced on Wednesday.
“Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, and Jesse Watters will continue to occupy the other three seats when the changes debut on Jan. 24. Later that evening, Watters’ new program, Jesse Watters Primetime, will kick-off as the outspoken star will anchor Fox News’ 7 p.m. ET timeslot in addition to co-hosting The Five,” Fox News reported.
“The Five topped everything CNN and MSNBC had to offer during 2021, averaging 2.9 million viewers to finish as the second most-watched show on cable news. It also made history by averaging a staggering 3.3 million viewers during the fourth quarter of 2021 to become the first non-primetime program in cable news history to finish an entire quarter as the most-watched cable news show,” the report continued.
“Pirro, a frequent substitute, joined Fox News in 2006 and will give up her weekend program “Justice with Judge Jeanine” to focus on her full-time role on “The Five.” New programs replacing Pirro and Watters’ weekend shows will be announced at a later date,” the report added. “She will continue hosting “Castles USA” on FOX News Media’s streaming service FOX Nation, where she dives into the rich history of iconic castles all around the country.”
This is going to be music to the ears of Fox News fans as Pirro gets to do battel with a rotating list of cohosts in the “liberal” slot on the show that include Geraldo Rivera, former congressman Harold Ford and commentator Jessica Tarlov.