Fox News Cancels ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’

Fox News has canceled Lou Dobbs Tonight and the pro-Trump host is not expected to return to the television news network’s airwaves, according to a Friday evening report.

The Los Angeles Times reports.

Dobbs’ program, which airs twice nightly at 5 and 7 p.m. Eastern on the Fox Business Network, will have its final airing Friday, according to a Fox News representative who confirmed the cancellation. Starting next week, the program will be called “Fox Business Tonight,” with rotating substitute hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman, who filled in for Dobbs on Friday.

[…] [P]eople familiar with discussions say the decision to end Dobbs’ program was under consideration before the legal issues with Smartmatic arose. (Fox News said it stands by its 2020 election coverage and will “defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”)

The cancelation comes a day after voting software company Smartmatic sued Fox News and three of its hosts – Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro – for defamation over their coverage of Trump’s election fraud claims.

The Daily Mail reports,

The software company is looking for $2.7billion in the suit, claiming that Fox knew the election wasn’t rigged but spread the narrative of a stolen election which damaged its business.

Fox has stood by its coverage and said it will ‘defend this meritless lawsuit in court’.

It also comes as Fox executives feared a shake-up after owner Rupert Murdoch arrived in New York following a months-long quarantine in the U.K.


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