Conservative commentator Katherine “Kat” Timpf announced this week that she will be leaving her post at National Review. “I have officially accepted a full-time position at Fox News — and so, my time writing for National Review has come to an end,” she wrote in a piece for National Review on Thursday.
Many of Fox’s viewers will already recognize Timpf from a regular spot on host Greg Gutfeld’s weekend program.
The end of an era
Expressing her thanks to the publication that gave her a chance six years ago, Timpf wrote Thursday that it “would be a massive understatement” to say that she was grateful for the opportunity.
“My dad had a National Review subscription when I was a kid, and if you’d told me at the time that I’d someday see my own name on the cover, I probably would have slapped you in the face,” she added.
Recalling that she was “living in a filthy (and often-infested) apartment in East Harlem” at the time she received the job offer, Timpf wrote that she was “desperate” for someone to give her a shot.
“I will forever be thankful for National Review — not only because I know that I personally wouldn’t be where I am without it, but also because of what it adds to our country’s discourse as a whole,” she wrote.
Positives and negatives
At times a controversial figure, Timpf has been the target of vitriol from both sides of the political aisle. The pundit said that she received death threats after criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Salon reported.
“I’ve gotten some positive things, but the negativity I’ve gotten is incredibly disturbing,” she said at the time, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Two years earlier, Timpf angered some fans of the Star Wars franchise with a social media post and her subsequent response.
“I have never had any interest in watching space nerds poke each other with their little space nerd sticks, and I’m not going to start now,” she was quoted by the Hollywood Reporter as saying.
Considering the death threats Timpf said she received as a result, her concerns about the “disturbing” political climate seem appropriate. With her new position at Fox News, she will have an even larger platform from which to address those concerns with courage and wit. But it seems she’s optimistic about it.
“I am beyond thrilled for the new opportunities in this next chapter of my career,” she wrote for National Review Thursday. “I hope that all of you who have enjoyed reading me here (thank you!) will continue to read my columns at FoxNews.com.”