Judge Jeanine Pirro named permanent co-host on ‘The Five’

Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro joined the cable network in 2006 to host a weekend program and has been an occasional contributor to other shows.

According to the Washington Examiner, however, Pirro received a new assignment this week, becoming a permanent co-host of the popular weekday panel program The Five.

The move will require Pirro to give up her gig as host of Justice and comes on the heels of a promotion for Jesse Watters, a longtime co-host of The Five.

Popular show continues in familiar format

Reports indicate Watters has also given up his weekend show Watters World to become the full-time host of the network’s 7 p.m. time slot.

Pirro’s new position will take effect on Jan. 24, Fox reoprts. The Watters-hosted show will premiere on the same day, but he will remain a co-host of The Five.

In addition to Watters, Pirro will join co-hosts Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino — and the show’s fifth co-host spot is expected to remain generally reserved for a dissenting liberal guest host.

Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott announced the decision in a statement on Wednesday, asserting that The Five had become a “beloved” show for its many loyal viewers.

“Each of the co-hosts are accomplished and insightful talent with diverse opinions and terrific chemistry who will certainly help drive this ensemble program going forward,” she added.

“Diverse opinions and terrific chemistry”

The weekday program is among the most-watched in cable news. In fact, The Wrap recently reported that it became the first non-primetime cable news show to top the viewership charts for a quarter.

In the fourth quarter of last year, The Five attracted roughly 3.3 million viewers daily. Throughout the entire year, that number was 2.9 million and ranked it as the second-most-watched show in cable news.

Although Pirro’s weekend show will be a casualty of her new role, she will also be seen in other Fox News programs. Reports indicate she will stay on as host of Castles USA, a show she has hosted on the network’s streaming platform.

As for the time slots soon to be vacated by Watters and Pirro, Fox News indicated that their replacements would be named in the near future.

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