Conservative commentator and TV host Dan Bongino is officially out at Fox News, reportedly because of an inability to “come to terms on an extension.”
“I’ve got some personal news to share. Let’s just get right to it. Regretfully, last week was my last show on Fox News, on the Fox News Channel. It’s tough. It’s tough to say that,” Bongino announced on his Rumble show this Thursday.
However, he stressed that there’s no acrimony and that the cancellation of “The Dan Bongino Show” and “Unfiltered w/Dan Bongino” had nothing to do with politics.
“It’s not some big conspiracy. I promise you. There’s not. There’s no acrimony. This wasn’t some like WWE brawl that happened. We just couldn’t come to terms on an extension. And that’s really it,” he explained.
He added that Fox News had offered him the chance to do one final show, but that he’d refused — again, not out of acrimony or anything like that.
“They did give me the opportunity to do one last show. I don’t want you to think they showed me the door. That’s on me, not on them. But I just thought it was best to kind of go this way for now,” he said.
Listen to his announcement below:
Given the show’s ratings, some suspect the contract dispute involved money.
“Bongino’s show, which aired at 9 p.m. ET on Saturdays, was a ratings success for Fox News, with last Saturday’s episode of Unfiltered—the final episode—drawing 1.179 million viewers. It ranked as the highest-rated show of the day Saturday,” according to Forbes.
“For the first quarter of 2023, Unfiltered was the top show in prime time with 1.3 million viewers and 134,000 viewers in the key demographic of viewers 25-54, the group most valued by advertisers,” Forbes reported Thursday.
The belief, therefore, is that Bongino wanted more money given the ratings he elicited, but that the network refused.
I suspected Fox was going to have a hard time retaining him when his contract was up. He’s the #1 watched show on any News network in the world. Fox was going to have to pay the man some serious $$$ to keep bringing them those ratings. It was going to be tough to keep him.
— The Taterman (@TheTaterman) April 20, 2023
This belief might just make sense given that Fox News just settled a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems with a nearly $800 million payout. That’s a lot of money.
Regardless of the reason, Bongino’s fans appear willing, ready, and eager to follow him to whichever big entity picks him up next, assuming he doesn’t stick to the independent route by just continuing his own Rumble show.
Case in point:
On to better things @dbongino
— GeorgieGirl (@GuessWhoTexas) April 20, 2023
❤️They lost a gem. I’ll be watching. Please keep us updated on the Twit ✌️
— Meridith Marionneaux (@MeridithM71) April 20, 2023
I’m happy that you’re gone from that rapidly sinking ship, Dan.
God has better things for you.
— Duane A. Linn (Be Mindful) (@ThePuritanSage) April 20, 2023
@dbongino please know we your listeners and fans are with you. We aren’t going anywhere!
— MAGAGurl86 #IStandWithTrump (@MAGAGurl86) April 20, 2023
Dan, don’t let these negative comments bring you down. The people who have watched you for years will follow you to your next adventure/platform. Maybe it is time to start a new Network. One that is honest, reliable and can really delve into subjects instead of 5 min sound bites.
— Keagan (@Lady_Patriot76) April 20, 2023
Of course, Bongino’s ouster also attracted lots of laughter and hate from the hateful, deranged, and radicalized American left.
Case in point again:
RIP loser. lmao
— E (@EbEbaker72) April 20, 2023
Idiot roid pig
— Micheal Bay (@JakeHay07541911) April 20, 2023
Bye bye loser pic.twitter.com/N9FVEQ5BpA
— Reed (@ReedH55) April 20, 2023
Today is April20 and Dan bo…………hahahahahahaheeheeheebraaaaaaabruuuhhhwhoopwhoopwhoop!!!!!!
— Moniker Fields (@MonikerFields) April 20, 2023
You have to really overachieve to be a liar who gets fired from the biggest media purveyor of lies in the US. Congratulations.
— IDontCareWhatYouThink (@alone_center) April 20, 2023
If you click on their profiles, you’ll see that every single one of these haters is a far-leftist zealot who worships Barack Hussein Obama, is obsessed with hating Fox News, is convinced all Republicans are evil, and wants to punch alleged “fascists.”
These sorts of leftists are already busy spreading fake stories about how he was rudely fired and how he’s now unemployed and blah, blah, blah. But on his Rumble show Thursday, Bongino stressed it’s all BS.
“We were the number one show 90 percent of the time. We had a great team. You’re going to read a thousand left wing articles about some nonsense, and I’m guaranteeing you on my reputation, it is all made up. It’s a simple contract thing, and that’s it. It is no more complicated than that,” he said.
Correction: Fox News paid nearly 800 million in its settlement. A typo incorrectly said billion. It has been fixed.
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