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Fox & Friends

Fox & Friends

Fox & Friends is an American daily morning conservative[1][2][3][4][5] news/talk program that airs on Fox News Channel, hosted by Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade.

It begins at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time with the latest Fox News Live headlines and news of the morning and continues with a variety of segments including current events, interviews, updates of news stories with correspondents, political analysis from the hosts, and entertainment segments.[6][7]

Fox & Friends
Presented byWeekdays:
Steve Doocy
Ainsley Earhardt
Brian Kilmeade
Janice Dean
Jillian Mele
Jedediah Bila
Pete Hegseth
Rick Reichmuth
Country of originUnited States
No.of seasons21
Production location(s)New York City
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeWeekday 180 minutes Weekend 240 minutes
Original networkFox News Channel
Picture format720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 1, 1998 –
External links
Website [43]


Fox & Friends evolved from Fox X-press, Fox News Channel's original morning news program.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, an additional hour was added to the beginning of the weekday show, but branded as a separate show called Fox & Friends First. It was the first Fox News show to air live for the day, starting at 6:00 a.m. It was discontinued on July 13, 2008, and replaced with an additional hour of Fox & Friends.[8] The Fox & Friends First title was reintroduced on March 5, 2012, also as a separate show airing one hour before the main three-hour program, but using a separate slate of rotating anchors.[9]


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the set of Fox & Friends in April 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the set of Fox & Friends in April 2019

Fox & Friends has been described as being more akin to the Big Three television networks than its cable competitors (particularly CNN's New Day and MSNBC's Morning Joe), with a mix of news, entertainment and lifestyle-oriented segments, and a generally casual presentation. However, as with the morning shows on competing cable news channels, its news content largely concentrates on politics, which are presented from Fox News Channel's conservative viewpoints.[10] Currently, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade co-host the program.[11][12]

Recurring segments

  • The 'Summer Concert Series' features a live music concert in the Fox News Plaza each Friday from Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day weekend.[13][14]

  • 'Normal or Nuts' is a segment in which psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow answers viewer questions posed via Facebook or Twitter.[15][16]

  • 'So Sue Me' is a segment in which Peter Johnson, Jr. (an appellate and trial lawyer) offers his perspective on current events with legal implications.[15]


The New York Times has reported the show is one of the most successful on the network.[17] After the arrival of Elisabeth Hasselbeck in September 2013, the show climbed 23 percent in total viewers compared to its average for the third quarter of 2013, and 22 percent in the key 25–54 news demo. For Hasselbeck's first four weeks on the show, Fox & Friends averaged 1.226 million total viewers, up from the 1.058 that the show averaged for the third quarter of the year.[18][19]

In February 2017, the program's average ratings increased to around 1.7 million viewers, fueled by the recent inauguration of Republican candidate Donald Trump as president.[20]

Political stance

In 2012, The New York Times wrote that Fox & Friends "has become a powerful platform for some of the most strident attacks on President Obama."[17] The program has provided a platform for conspiracy theories about Obama's religion and, in May 2012, aired a 4-minute video attacking Obama's record as President.[17] The video was widely criticized as a political attack ad masquerading as journalism;[21][22] Time magazine television critic James Poniewozik wrote: "It's hard to imagine a more over-the-top parody of Fox raw-meat-hurling, fear-stoking, base-pleasing agitprop."[23] In response, a Fox News exec vice-president 'disavowed' the video, blaming an associate producer and that the video 'slipped by' senior managers at the network.[24] Fox stated that the show was entertainment and "does not pretend to be straight news."[17]

Current U.S. president Donald Trump is a regular viewer of Fox & Friends, and has openly praised the program on Twitter because it provides favorable coverage of his presidency. Critics have noted that Trump often "live-tweets" about stories featured on Fox & Friends as they air—which creates a "feedback loop" when the stories are acknowledged as national issues because they were discussed by Trump on social media.[25][26][10][27][28][29]

Trump was a frequent guest on Fox & Friends before his presidency. In 2011, Fox News announced that he would appear on the show to offer commentary every Monday.[30]

On April 26, 2018, Trump was interviewed by phone on Fox & Friends in a segment that stretched to nearly half an hour, and discussed several recent topics and controversies surrounding himself and his government.[31][32] Trump said that he might interfere with the Special Counsel investigation,[33] acknowledged that lawyer Michael Cohen had represented Trump in the Stormy Daniels–Donald Trump legal dispute,[34] and said that he had gotten a card and flowers for Melania, his wife, whose birthday was the same day.[35]



  • Steve Doocy, co-host

  • Ainsley Earhardt, co-host

  • Brian Kilmeade, co-host

  • Janice Dean, co-host/meteorologist

  • Jillian Mele, news anchor


  • Jedediah Bila, co-host

  • Pete Hegseth, co-host

  • Ed Henry, recurring co-host

  • Griff Jenkins, recurring co-host

  • Rick Reichmuth, meteorologist

Former hosts

  • E. D. Hill, weekdays co-host from 1998 to 2006, replaced by Gretchen Carlson.

  • Kiran Chetry, weekend co-host from 2005 to 2007

  • Dave Briggs, weekend co-host, left at the end of 2012 to join NBC Sports Network [36]

  • Gretchen Carlson, weekdays co-host from 2006 to 2013, replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck after moving on to host her own new weekday afternoon program The Real Story.[37]

  • Alisyn Camerota, weekend co-host, left on September 28, 2013, to be the co-host of a new weekday version of America's News Headquarters.[38]

  • Maria Molina, Fox Cast meteorologist from 2010 to 2016

  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck, weekdays co-host from 2013 to 2015, replaced by Ainsley Earhardt.

  • Anna Kooiman, weekend co-host from 2012 to 2016, replaced by Abby Huntsman.

  • Tucker Carlson, weekend co-host from 2012 to 2016, left to host weekday primetime show.

  • Clayton Morris, weekend co-host from 2008 to 2017

  • Abby Huntsman, weekend co-host from 2016 to 2018, left to co-host The View and is replaced by Jedediah Bila.


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