Alex Brandon / AP
Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 | 11:forty five p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Fox Company Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” whose host has trumpeted unfounded assertions of voter fraud in the 2020 election, has been canceled.
In a assertion Friday, Fox Information Media explained the go was element of schedule programming alterations that it had foreshadowed in an announcement last fall.
Fox Information Media “regularly considers programming changes and ideas have been in position to launch new formats as suitable publish-election, together with on Fox Company — this is element of those people planned changes,” the enterprise explained.
Regardless of whether the cancellation finishes Dobbs’ occupation with Fox Company wasn’t dealt with, and the enterprise had no more comment. The former CNN host began his clearly show at the channel in March 2011, and it became between the most-watched enterprise information channel applications.
The assertion appeared to distance the cancellation from a multibillion-greenback defamation lawsuit filed Thursday against Fox and 3 of its hosts, together with Dobbs, by the election know-how enterprise Smartmatic. In a earlier assertion, Fox Information explained it would “vigorously defend against this meritless lawsuit in court docket.”
The alternative for “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be declared soon, Fox Information explained. The clearly show last aired on Friday, with a guest host sitting down in for Dobbs, who had no quick assertion.
An interim clearly show, “Fox Company Tonight,” will air beginning 5 p.m. Jap Monday with rotating hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman and repeat at seven p.m. EST.
In December, Smartmatic sent a letter threatening authorized action to Fox and two other networks, Newsmax and A person The us Information Community, also popular with supporters of former President Donald Trump.
That thirty day period, Fox aired pre-taped segments in which a voting know-how qualified explained he hadn’t witnessed any proof that Smartmatic application was utilized to change vote counts. The segments aired on Dobbs’ method and on Fox Information Channel exhibits with Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro.