Lou Dobbs, one of former President Donald Trump’s cable news supporters, will no longer host his Fox Business show, the network confirmed Friday.

Dobbs routinely defended Trump as the former president claimed the mass election fraud. Though Dobbs was one of the network’s most watched hosts and remains under contract, he likely will not be returning to the network.

“As we said in October, Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business,” a Fox News spokesperson told AFP.

The cancellation of Lou Dobbs Tonight “is part of those planned changes,” the spokesperson said. “A new 5pm programme will be announced in the near future.”

However, the real reason for this decision may come from a legal issue, when Lou Dobbs was named as a defendant in a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit a day earlier.

Fox News on Thursday was sued by voting-machine company Smartmatic USA Corp., which alleged the network aired defamatory comments about the company’s products following the presidential election. The lawsuit also mentioned remarks made about Smartmatic by Fox News Media anchors including Mr. Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo.

Fox Corporation had also denounced the lawsuit’s allegations, saying in a statement Thursday it was “committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion. We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend against this meritless lawsuit in court.”

Trump gave his backing to the cable host Friday, saying in a statement: “Lou Dobbs is and was great. Nobody loves America more than Lou. He had a large and loyal following that will be watching closely for his next move, and that following includes me.”

Dobbs’ show had the highest viewership on Fox News’ affiliate channel, averaging more than 300,000 viewers every night.

The 75-year-old had been presenting for almost four decades, including 10 years on the Lou Dobbs Tonight show.

Lou Dobbs notably invited lawyer Sidney Powell to guest on his show, a member of Donald Trump’s legal team who has claimed that voting machines had flipped votes for Trump to Democrat Biden.

Fox Business introduces about Lou Dobbs:

Host and commentator Lou Dobbs joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in November of 2010. He is the host of Lou Dobbs Tonight (weekdays 7-8PM/ET), the #1 news program on business television, which features a breakdown of the day’s top stories and how they impact the economy.

He is also the host of “Lou Dobbs Financial Reports,” daily radio reports that are syndicated nationally.

Prior to joining FBN, Dobbs served as a chief economic correspondent, managing editor and executive vice president for CNN, hosting various programs, including “Moneyline,” which premiered in 1980 and was later renamed Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Named “TV’s Premier Business News Anchorman” by The Wall Street Journal, Dobbs has won several major awards for television journalism. In 2005, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded him the Emmy for Lifetime Achievement. The previous year, the National Television Academy awarded Lou Dobbs Tonight an Emmy Award for “Exporting America.” He has also won a CableACE Award, a Peabody Award, the Luminary Award by the Business Journalism Review, and the Horatio Alger Association Award for Distinguished Americans. In 2009, Talkers Magazine ranked Dobbs one of the top 10 most important radio talk shows hosts in America.

Dobbs graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics. He worked in government and banking prior to working in journalism.

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