Fox News fans were stunned when it was announced last week that longtime star Lou Dobbs’ show had been abruptly canceled by the network.
Even more shocking is the network’s choice for Dobbs’ — partial — replacement: Former White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Former Trump White House adviser Larry Kudlow will be taking over for Lou Dobbs — at least partly — on Fox Business Network.
Kudlow, a longtime CNBC fixture before joining the Trump administration, will host a new show on Fox Business starting Feb. 16. The untitled show will air at 4 p.m. ET weekdays and replay at 7 p.m. The latter slot previously hosted a replay of Lou Dobbs Tonight — which Fox Business abruptly canceled last week.
The network will continue to air Fox Business Tonight in Dobbs’ 5 p.m. time period.
“We are immensely proud to add Larry to our incomparable FBN lineup,” said Fox Business Network president Lauren Petterson. “His expertise will greatly inform our audience and we look forward to his return to business television.”
Said Kudlow, “I am thrilled to be part of this new venture at FBN and for the opportunity to really drill down on the most pressing economic issues impacting everyday Americans.”
Fox still hasn’t explained their real reasoning behind cancelling Fox Business’s most popular show, simply claiming that the elimination of the show is part of a massive post-election restructuring of the network’s lineup.
However, Dobbs’ abrupt cancellation came just a day after voting machine manufacturer Smartmatic filed a massive lawsuit against the Fox network, specifically naming Dobbs and fellow Fox personalities Maria Bartiromo and Judge Janine Pirro.
The choice of Kudlow as Dobbs’ partial replacement is somewhat bewildering as well, considering the fact that many speculate Dobbs was let go due to his unwavering support for former President Donald Trump and his claims of election malfeasance.
Kudlow also stuck with Trump till the bitter end, refusing to throw Trump under the bus when the pressure was on — though he did tell the Washington Examiner just before leaving the White House that he wished Trump had “played his cards differently” and that Trump’s January 6th rally “went too far.”
Fox announced the partnership with Kudlow just six days after Joe Biden’s January 22nd inauguration.
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