LOS ANGELES, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Fox Corp’s Fox Company Community has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” a weekday system hosted by the company journalist and vocal supporter of previous President Donald Trump, the firm explained on Friday.
News of the cancellation came just one working day soon after Dobbs, 75, was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit submitted by voting machine maker Smartmatic, which argued that 3 Fox hosts such as Dobbs falsely accused the enterprise of aiding to rig the election against Trump.
Fox explained the transfer to conclusion Dobbs’ show had been in the functions in advance of the lawsuit as portion of a revamp subsequent the November U.S. presidential election in which Republican Trump was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden.
“As we explained in Oct, Fox News Media often considers programming modifications and strategies have been in area to launch new formats as proper submit-election, including on Fox Organization,” a Fox Information spokesperson reported. “This is part of all those planned improvements.”
On the Smartmatic lawsuit, Fox reported on Thursday the network was “proud of our 2020 election protection and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in courtroom.”
Dobbs said he experienced no comment on Friday.
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The cancellation of Dobbs’ demonstrate was initial described by the Los Angeles Occasions, which explained the anchor was not likely to show up on Fox channels all over again even although he remains below contract. Dobbs’ show ran at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern time on Fox Business enterprise Community, and he appeared at instances as a commentator on Fox News Channel.
Beginning Monday, Dobbs’ show will be called “Fox Business Tonight” with substitute hosts Jackie DeAngelis on Monday and Tuesday and David Asman from Wednesday by way of Friday.
A new 5 p.m. show will be introduced quickly, the Fox spokesperson said.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine Enhancing by Cynthia Osterman)