In concrete confirmation that her long-running weekend Fox News program is coming to an end, network personality Jeanine Pirro delivered a stirring final “Opening Statement” segment on Saturday night as she prepares for her new role as a permanent co-host on the popular panel show The Five.
Last week, the cable news giant announced a major shake-up to its weekend evening programming impacting Justice with Judge Jeanine, a move necessitated by changes elsewhere in the overall lineup that include a new 7 p.m. program to be hosted by Jesse Watters as well as new Saturday night offerings hosted by Lawrence Jones and Brian Kilmeade, respectively, as The Hill noted.
The 9 p.m. Saturday timeslot previously held by Pirro will henceforth be occupied by current Fox News personality and radio host Dan Bongino.
In bidding farewell to the current incarnation of her sometimes-controversial brand of political and social commentary, Pirro looked back nostalgically on her eleven years at the helm of her own show that was uniquely “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.”
Pirro characterized her driving motivation as always having been one committed to “finding truth and justice,” noting that when the journey began, “we were all a bit younger, but not as wise as we are now,” and adding, “we were certainly more optimistic.”
Looking ahead to the future, Pirro declared that her fans and followers should not “think you’re getting rid of me just yet,” reminding everyone that she will 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.”
The firebrand host vowed to take her no-holds-barred approach to political analysis with her to the 5 p.m. weeknight show, saying, “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.”
Though Pirro will no longer have her weekend platform from which to opine on the events of the day, she will be a direct beneficiary of the massive ratings success seen by The Five in recent months, and her Fox Nation show Castles USA is also slated to continue production.
Despite seemingly countless attempts from leftist activists to boycott and orchestrate the firing of Pirro for speaking her mind on all sorts of hot-button issues over the years, the judge has demonstrated impressive staying power and will assuredly bring a hearty dose of blunt truth-telling to millions every Monday through Friday going forward.