Years after a sex scandal led to his departure from Fox News, conservative pundit Eric Bolling has announced his latest media gig.
According to an announcement on Monday describing him as a “consummate media professional,” Newsmax TV has added Bolling to its roster.
“Pursue other professional opportunities”
He began on Monday as a guest host and is set to launch his own program next month.
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy lauded the new addition as someone “who isn’t afraid to ask tough questions, get provocative answers and challenge establishment thinking,” adding that Bolling’s “background in business and politics separates him from the competition.”
After leaving Fox News, Bolling was with Sinclair Broadcasting Group until his show was canceled in January. The network said at the time that he “decided to pursue other professional opportunities,” which included a podcast with ex-NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
Allegations in 2017 that he sent lewd messages to female colleagues forced him out of Fox News, though he fiercely denied the claims of his accusers. The same year, he formed a foundation to tackle opioid addiction after his son’s fatal overdose.
Known for provocative commentary and strong support for former President Donald Trump, he has faced some criticism for giving oxygen to “conspiracy theories” regarding voter fraud, COVID-19, and other hot-button issues.
“Programming you can trust”
For its part, Newsmax TV saw its fortunes improve following November’s presidential election, which sparked skepticism and anger over claims of fraud that linger to this day.
A number of pro-Trump conservatives, including the former president himself, have accused Fox News of seeking to silence such speech. An exodus of Fox viewers created an opportunity for Newsmax.
The network covered Trump’s first campaign rally since leaving office, for example, while Fox News skipped it.
Former Trump deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley and attorney Jenna Ellis, who played a pivotal role in litigating recent election fraud cases, are other recent hires at the growing news platform.
Bolling expressed excitement in a statement calling out much of the mainstream media, writing: “Like myself, Newsmax is concerned with the direction that Big Tech and Big Corporate Media have taken journalism and our nation. I’m excited to join an organization that delivers programming you can trust.”