Fox News has denied reports claiming that on-air personality Judge Jeanine Pirro was fired or suspended, suggesting instead that her Saturday show didn’t air last weekend because the network was prioritizing “election coverage,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Reports first alleged Saturday that Fox had pre-emptively shut down Pirro’s weekly show, Justice with Judge Jeanine, over disagreements about how to cover President Donald Trump’s apparent loss in the 2020 election and his ongoing claims of voter fraud.
Speaking with the Washington Examiner, however, Fox said that characterization is patently false.
“The network ran election coverage last night and Jeanine Pirro will be back next week along with regularly scheduled programming,” a spokesperson for Fox said, according to the Examiner.
Suspensions at Fox?
In its report, the Examiner cited an article put out by Newsmax on Saturday that said Pirro could be facing suspension over her staunchly pro-Trump stance.
“Sources close to the network tell Newsmax, because she made a very staunch defense of President Trump and wanted to expose the vote fraud that took place in the election, Fox News decided not to air her show,” the article read, according to the Examiner.
The Newsmax piece added that “sources gave no inclination of whether the network is going to keep the show going, but we hear she was suspended at least for this weekend.”
While Fox has denied Newsmax’s report, Pirro has been suspended in the past over what the network apparently deemed to be controversial comments.
“A whole different ballgame”
It all comes as Fox News is facing something of a reckoning among viewers, with some of its most ardent fans complaining that the network was too eager to call Arizona for former Vice President Joe Biden in last week’s election. The state’s 11 Electoral College votes were put in Biden’s column on election night, despite officials admitting that the final count would not be finished for days, as the Daily Mail reported.
The perception that Fox has swayed from what was once decidedly conservative programming is shared by President Trump himself.
“You watch this Fox, and it is a whole different ballgame,” Trump told radio host Rush Limbaugh in an interview last month, according to Deadline. He said Fox is “a much different thing [than] it was four years ago.”
“And you know Paul Ryan is on the board of Fox,” the president pointed out, referring to the former Republican House speaker. “So I am sure that has something to do with it.”