By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fox Corp’s Fox Company Community has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” a weekday program hosted by the company journalist and vocal supporter of previous President Donald Trump, the corporation reported on Friday.
Information of the cancellation came 1 day following Dobbs, 75, was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by voting equipment maker Smartmatic, which argued that 3 Fox hosts, such as Dobbs, falsely accused the business of encouraging to rig the election against Trump.
Fox explained the shift to end Dobbs’ display experienced been in the works prior to the lawsuit as aspect of a revamp pursuing the November U.S. presidential election in which Republican Trump was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden.
“As we stated in October, Fox Information Media frequently considers programming alterations and ideas have been in position to start new formats as acceptable publish-election, such as on Fox Organization,” a Fox Information Media spokesperson reported. “This is component of those prepared alterations.”
On the Smartmatic lawsuit, Fox said on Thursday the community was “proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court docket.”
Dobbs, achieved by text message on Friday, explained he had no comment.
The cancellation of Dobbs’ clearly show was initial noted by the Los Angeles Periods, which stated the anchor was not likely to surface on Fox channels yet again even although he continues to be beneath contract.
Trump issued a assertion praising Dobbs on Friday night.
“Lou Dobbs is and was fantastic,” Trump explained in an emailed assertion. “No person enjoys The usa extra than Lou. He had a huge and faithful adhering to that will be viewing closely for his future shift, and that following incorporates me.”
Dobbs’ display ran at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jap time on Fox Business Community, and he appeared at times as a commentator on Fox Information Channel.
Starting Monday, the 5 p.m. demonstrate will be known as “Fox Organization Tonight,” and be repeated at 7 p.m.
In January, Fox announced that Larry Kudlow, a previous leading financial adviser to Trump, would be hosting a new weekday clearly show on the Fox Organization Community.
It also launched a new impression display at 7 p.m. on Fox News.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine Modifying by Cynthia Osterman and Sonya Hepinstall)