Fox & Friends is an American daily morning news and talk program that airs on Fox News.[1][2][3][4][5] It premiered on February 1, 1998, and is currently hosted by Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade and Lawrence Jones on weekdays. Will Cain, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Pete Hegseth host on weekends.

Fox & Friends
Presented byWeekdays:
Steve Doocy
Ainsley Earhardt
Brian Kilmeade
Lawrence Jones
Janice Dean
Carley Shimkus
Will Cain
Rachel Campos-Duffy
Pete Hegseth
Rick Reichmuth
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons25
Production locationsNew York City, New York
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running timeWeekday 180 minutes Weekend 240 minutes
Original release
NetworkFox News
ReleaseFebruary 1, 1998 (1998-02-01) –

It begins at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time Zone 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]

History edit

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

After the September 11 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]

Format edit

Current weekday Fox & Friends hosts (l to r) Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade

Fox & Friends has been described as being more akin to the Big Three television networks than its cable competitors (particularly CNN This Morning 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. Currently, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade and Lawrence Jones co-host the program Monday-Friday. Will Cain, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Pete Hegseth co-host on the weekends.[10][11]

Some regular fill in hosts include Todd Piro, Katie Pavlich, Joey Jones, Kayleigh McEnany, Griff Jenkins, Lisa Boothe and Carley Shimkus.

Recurring segments edit

  • The 'Summer Concert Series' features a live music concert in the Fox News Plaza each Friday from Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day weekend.[12][13]
  • '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.[14]

Ratings edit

The New York Times has reported the show is one of the most successful on the network.[15] 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.[16][17]

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.[18]

Political stance edit

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."[15] The program has provided a platform for Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories and, in May 2012, aired a 4-minute video attacking Obama's record as president.[15] The video was widely criticized as a political attack ad masquerading as journalism;[19][20] Time magazine television critic James Poniewozik wrote: "It's hard to imagine a more over-the-top parody of Fox News raw-meat-hurling, fear-stoking, base-pleasing agitprop."[21] In response, a Fox News executive vice-president 'disavowed' the video, blaming an associate producer and that the video 'slipped by' senior managers at the network.[22] Fox News stated that the show was entertainment and "does not pretend to be straight news."[15]

Former U.S. president Donald Trump is a regular viewer of Fox & Friends, and praised the program for its favorable coverage of his presidency. Critics noted that Trump often tweeted about stories on Fox & Friends as they aired, creating a "feedback loop" when the stories were subsequently discussed as national issues because they were mentioned by Trump on social media.[23][24][25][26][27][28]

Trump was a frequent guest on Fox & Friends before his presidency. In 2018, Fox News announced that he would appear on the show to offer commentary every Monday.[29]

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.[30][31] Trump said that he might interfere with the Special Counsel investigation,[32] acknowledged that lawyer Michael Cohen had represented Trump in the Stormy Daniels–Donald Trump scandal,[33] and said that he had gotten a card and flowers for Melania Trump, his wife, whose birthday was the same day.[34]

Hosts edit

Weekdays edit

Weekends edit

Former edit

References edit

  1. ^ Thompson, Ethan, and Jason Mittell. "Fox & Friends: Political Talk." How to Watch Television. 168-76. Print.
  2. ^ Nisbet, Matthew C. (2009). "Communicating Climate Change: Why Frames Matter for Public Engagement". Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development. 51 (2): 12–23. Bibcode:2009ESPSD..51b..12N. doi:10.3200/ENVT.51.2.12-23. S2CID 153777919.
  3. ^ Meagher, Richard (2012). "The "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy": Media and Conservative Networks". New Political Science. 34 (4): 469–484. doi:10.1080/07393148.2012.729738. S2CID 144393059.
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian (July 9, 2013). "Conservative Voice Goes From 'View' to Fox News". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (July 12, 2017). "Behind the Scenes at 'Fox & Friends,' America's Most Influential Morning Show (Seriously)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "TV Shows – Fox and Friends". TV Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Wemple, Eric (March 27, 2013). "Fox News all day: Hard, and conservative". Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Changes at Fox & Friends". TVNewser. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2008.
  9. ^ "Fox & Friends First Goes on the Air". TVNewser. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  10. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (February 16, 2016). "Ainsley Earhardt Replaces Elisabeth Hasselbeck On 'Fox & Friends' On February 29". Deadline. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  11. ^ "Noticing That Fox News Has Lots of Blonde News Personalities Is Dehumanizing, Says Fox News Personality". New York Magazine. May 19, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Vinson, Christina (May 23, 2014). "Fox News' All American Summer Concert Series Features Exciting Country Artists". Taste of Country. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "All American Summer Concert Series". Fox News Channel. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "Fox and Friends – Index". Fox and Friends. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d Peters, Jeremy (June 20, 2012). "Enemies and Allies for 'Friends'". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  16. ^ "Fox and Friends' Gets Double-Digit Ratings Boost with Elizabeth Hasselbeck". THE WRAP Covering Hollywood. October 15, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Fox and Friends jump 22% with Elizabeth Hasselbeck". Deadline Hollywood. October 15, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  18. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (March 14, 2017). "Cable's top morning show 'Fox & Friends' gets a ratings bump from its biggest fan, President Trump". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  19. ^ Stelter, Brian (May 30, 2012). "Obama Video on Fox News Criticized as Attack Ad". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  20. ^ Zurawik, David (May 30, 2012). "With Romney now official, Fox News gets shamelessly political". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  21. ^ Poniewozik, James (May 31, 2012). "Fox News Produces Greatest Fox News Parody Video Ever". Time. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  22. ^ Bauder, David (June 4, 2012). "Controversial Fox News video: personnel hardball?". BusinessWeek. Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  23. ^ Haberman, Maggie; Thrush, Glenn; Baker, Peter (December 9, 2017). "Inside Trump's Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  24. ^ "I've Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It's Crazier Than You Think". Politico. January 5, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  25. ^ Marantz, Andrew (January 8, 2018). "How "Fox & Friends" Rewrites Trump's Reality". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  26. ^ Bump, Philip (January 19, 2018). "Analysis | This is what Trump heard when he watched 'Fox and Friends' as president". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  27. ^ Kludt, Tom. "A big winner in Trump's first 100 days? 'Fox & Friends'". CNNMoney. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  28. ^ "Fox News advertisers get a direct line to the viewer in chief". Los Angeles Times. August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  29. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (July 1, 2018). "Fox News Once Gave Trump a Perch. Now It's His Bullhorn". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  30. ^ Zurcher, Anthony (April 26, 2018). "Key takeaways from Trump's Fox News interview". BBC News. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  31. ^ Graham, David A. "Donald From D.C. Calls in to 'Fox and Friends'". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  32. ^ "Trump Pledges Hands Off Russia Probe, May 'Change My Mind'". The New York Times. The Associated Press. April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  33. ^ Baker, Peter; Sullivan, Eileen (April 26, 2018). "Trump Distances Himself From Cohen's Legal Troubles". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  34. ^ "'Busy' Trump Admits He Didn't Get Wife Much for Her Birthday". The New York Times. The Associated Press. April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  35. ^ "Fox News to Announce Lawrence Jones as New 'Fox & Friends' Co-Host". Peoplemag. Retrieved September 14, 2023.
  36. ^ "Fox News Channel Names Rachel Campos-Duffy as Fox & Friends Co-Host".
  37. ^ "Fox and Friends Weekend Co-Host Jedediah Bila Leaves Fox News, Teases 'Next Adventure'". May 21, 2021.
  38. ^ "Dave Briggs Leaves 'Fox and Friends' With Emotional On-Air Farewell [Video]". Inqusitir. December 30, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  39. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving "The View" to join Fox". cbsnews. Retrieved July 10, 2013.

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Preceded by Fox & Friends
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Succeeded by
Preceded by
The Five repeat (Saturdays)
One Nation with Brian Kilmeade
repeat (Sundays)
Fox & Friends Weekend
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Succeeded by
Cavuto Live (Saturdays)
Sunday Morning Futures w/ Maria Bartiromo (Sundays)