Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani learned on Friday that he has been banned from appearing on Fox News for almost three months, according to Breitbart News.
The attorney and former President Donald Trump ally, learned of the news weeks after he was canceled to appear on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
According to Politico Playbook’s Friday report, the ban extends not only to Rudy Giuliani but his son and recently announced New York City gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Giuliani as well. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who is running against Andrew, however, is a frequent featured on the network.
The ban isn’t something that will be easily reversed, according to reports. Both Andrey and Rudy’s banishment “comes from the top,” according to sources at the network.
Rudy Giuliani’s ban is particularly offensive to the former mayor because of his advocacy to get the network to where it is today while it was still in its infancy:
“Rudy is really hurt because he did a big favor for RUPERT [MURDOCH],” a source close to Giuliani said. “He was instrumental in getting Fox on Time Warner so it could be watched in New York City.”
Fox News was still relatively unknown in 1996 when Giuliani went to Time Warner and personally requested that they carry the network, helping to resolve a problem between the provider and then CEO Rupert Murdoch.
According to both Breitbart and Politico the exact reason Giuliani has been pushed to the side by Fox is not known. However, there are whispers that it could be due to his connections to Trump and his belief that Fox’s call on the 2020 Arizona election night was both premature and unfair.