Like dozens of other organizations, Fox News recently revealed that it would be making some temporary changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, including having some employees work from home, reducing the number of guests allowed into network buildings, and stepping up sanitization efforts in common areas. Now, it looks like those changes are making their way to primetime.
According to The Hill, two Fox Business programs are now temporarily on “hiatus” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. It remains unclear when the shows, which are hosted by Trish Regan and Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, will come back on air.
Going on “hiatus”
In a statement to the media, Fox Business said two of its prime-time programs, Trish Regan Primetime and Kennedy, “will both be on hiatus until further notice,” The Hill reported. The network went on:
Due to the demands of the evolving pandemic crisis coverage, we are deploying all resources from both shows for staffing needs during critical market hours. Fox Business will run long-form programming in prime time for the foreseeable future.
According to The Hill, the “hiatus” for Kennedy also comes amid concerns over staffing.
For her part, Regan praised the move in a tweet Friday, writing she “fully support[s]” the network’s decision.
I want to let everyone know that Trish Regan Primetime is now on hiatus. FBN has taken prudent steps to limit staffing levels and is prioritizing its coverage during market hours. I fully support this decision — we all must to do our part to keep our colleagues safe. #TrishRegan
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) March 14, 2020
A tipping point
But while Regan and Fox Business both seemed to indicate the move came in an effort to keep the number of staffers in the building low amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, The Hill’s report suggested otherwise. According to the outlet, “The announcement from Fox Business came amid fallout from Regan’s claims that the coronavirus is ‘another attempt to impeach’ President [Donald] Trump.”
Regan accused Democrats and the “liberal media” last week of attempting to use the viral outbreak to “destroy the president.”
“We’ve reached a tipping point,” she warned her viewers, according to The Hill. “The chorus of hate being leveled at the president is nearing a crescendo as Democrats blame him, and only him, for a virus that originated halfway around the world. This is yet another attempt to impeach the president.”
We’ve reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at #PresidentTrump is nearing a crescendo as #Dems blame him—and only him—for #coronavirus – a #virus that originated halfway around the world! This is yet another attempt to #impeach THE PRESIDENT. #TrishRegan pic.twitter.com/nU3P4zcONA
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) March 10, 2020
Some later called for Regan to be fired, according to The Hill. But for now, it looks like she’s just off the air temporarily.
Only time will tell what other effects this outbreak has on American life as we know it.