Fox Enterprise Community’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” whose host has trumpeted unfounded assertions of voter fraud within the 2020 election, has been canceled. Fox Information Media mentioned in an announcement Friday the transfer was a part of routine programming alterations that it had foreshadowed in an announcement final fall.
Fox Information Media “commonly considers programming modifications and plans have been in place to launch new codecs as applicable post-election, together with on Fox Enterprise — that is a part of these deliberate modifications,” the corporate mentioned.
Whether or not the cancellation ends Dobbs’ profession with Fox Enterprise wasn’t addressed, and the corporate had no additional remark. The previous CNN host began his present on the channel in March 2011, and it turned among the many most-watched enterprise information channel packages.
The assertion appeared to distance the cancellation from a multibillion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed Thursday in opposition to Fox and three of its hosts, together with Dobbs, by the election expertise firm Smartmatic. In a earlier assertion, Fox Information mentioned it will “vigorously defend in opposition to this meritless lawsuit in court docket.”
The alternative for “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will probably be introduced quickly, Fox Information mentioned. The present final aired on Friday, with a visitor host sitting in for Dobbs, who had no fast assertion.
An interim present, “Fox Enterprise Tonight,” will air beginning 5 p.m. Japanese Monday with rotating hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman and repeat at 7 p.m. ET.
In December, Smartmatic despatched a letter threatening authorized motion to Fox and two different networks, Newsmax and One America Information Community, additionally standard with supporters of former President Donald Trump.
That month, Fox aired pre-taped segments during which a voting expertise skilled mentioned he hadn’t seen any proof that Smartmatic software program was used to change vote counts. The segments aired on Dobbs’ program and on Fox Information Channel reveals with Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro.