Fox News didn’t take long filling the “Fox & Friends Weekend” slot just vacated by Jedediah Bila.
On Monday, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott named Rachel Campos-Duffy co-host of the weekend edition of the network’s morning franchise. She will make her first appearance, joining co-hosts Pete Hegseth and Will Cain, on June 12 (6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT). Campos-Duffy will become the only Hispanic woman to co-host a cable news morning show, according to Fox.
“The ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ team is amazing and I look forward to hosting alongside my friends, Pete and Will every Saturday and Sunday,” Campos-Duffy said in a statement. “I am confident we’ll continue to deliver the number one-rated cable news morning show in America.”
Departing: ‘Fox and Friends Weekend’ co-host Jedediah Bila leaves Fox News, says she’s ‘excited for what’s to come’
Rachel Campos-Duffy will fill the "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-hosting slot just vacated by Jedediah Bila. (Photo: Fox News Channel)
Bila, who held the post for two years, announced she was leaving Friday on Twitter, thanking colleagues and viewers and adding she was “really excited for what’s to come.” In a statement, Fox said it had “mutually and amicably parted ways” with Bila.
Campos-Duffy, 49, the mother of nine children, will continue to host “Moms” on Fox Nation, a subscription streaming service. On Friday, she will begin hosting “From the Kitchen Table,” a Fox News Audio podcast, with her husband, network contributor and former Wisconsin Republican Congressman Sean Duffy.
The couple will cover topics including parenting, marriage, politics and culture. After the premiere, a new episode will be available each Saturday starting June 5.
One stark difference between the departing and arriving co-hosts: Bila criticized Donald Trump, while Campos-Duffy has been an enthusiastic advocate of the former president.
In a tweet just a few days after the January 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, Bila said Trump lied about the election being stolen and in an April tweet she defended “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace after Trump criticized him. “Chris is doing his job,” she wrote. “The news should not be any president’s friend, ally, or buddy.”
Fox News' "Fox and Friends Weekend" host Jedediah Bila is leaving the cable news network after two years on the job. (Photo: Heidi Gutman , ABC)
By contrast, Campos-Duffy tweeted praise of Trump’s July 2020 South Dakota speech in which he said American students were “taught to hate their own country” and said she missed him as president in a March tweet because during his presidency “he refused to turn into a politician and always told us exactly what he was thinking.”
In a May 14 tweet, Bila backed U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, who has criticized Trump’s representation of the election as stolen, for speaking “a simple truth.” Earlier in May, Campos-Duffy tweeted support for Cheney’s eventual ouster from House Republican leadership because “(Cheney) can’t do the job of messaging for the Republican conference because she hates Trump more than she loves or respects GOP voters.”
In addition to the Campos-Duffy announcement Monday, Lawrence Jones was named enterprise reporter across the “Fox & Friends” franchise. He will continue to substitute as a co-host for both the weekday and weekend editions of the morning program. He is host of “Keeping Up with Jones” on Fox Nation and starts his third rotation hosting “Fox News Primetime” this week.
Lawrence Jones has been promoted to enterprise reporter across the "Fox & Friends" franchise. (Photo: Fox News Channel)
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Scott cited the importance of being “relatable” to viewers. “Over the years, our audience has connected with Rachel and Lawrence through their frequent guest appearances and as fill-in hosts on the curvy couch,”the Fox News Media CEO said. “We are delighted to name them permanent fixtures on our signature morning franchise.”
Campos-Duffy joined Fox in 2016 as a contributor and has served as a “Fox & Friends” guest host, an “Outnumbered” panelist and one of the recent rotating hosts on “Fox News Primetime.”
Many viewers were introduced to the Arizona native in 1994 on “The Real World: San Francisco,” the third season of MTV’s hit reality show.
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