Fox & Friends

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Not to be confused with Fox and His Friends.
Fox & Friends
Genre Talk program / National News
Presented by Weekdays
Steve Doocy
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Brian Kilmeade
Tucker Carlson
Anna Kooiman
Clayton Morris
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 15
Location(s) New York City
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 180 minutes
Original channel Fox News Channel
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original release February 1, 1998 – present
External links

Fox & Friends is a conservative[1][2][3][4] American early-morning news and opinion talk show that begins at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time with the latest Fox News Live headlines and news of the morning. It continues with a variety of segments including breaking news, interviews, updates of news stories with correspondents, right-wing analysis from the hosts, and entertainment segments.


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[5] The Fox & Friends First title was later 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.[6] After the show has ended for the day, a short online-only web show named After The Show Show which features behind-the-scenes footage not shown on air, is streamed on the Fox News website. It lasts from less than 3 minutes to 10 minutes.


Since the arrival of Elizabeth 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.[7][8] In comparison, morning shows from both CNN and MSNBC combined to average 792,000 viewers. The show has seen a slight drop in early 2014 but still has managed to draw over 10 million viewers.[9]

Political stance[edit]

The New York Times wrote that Fox & Friends "has become a powerful platform for some of the most strident attacks on President Obama."[10] 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.[10] The video was widely criticized as a political attack ad masquerading as journalism,[11][12] TIME 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."[13]

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.[14] Fox stated that the show was entertainment and "does not pretend to be straight news."[10] Citing anonymous sources, the New York Times reported that some reporters, producers and executives at Fox were 'embarrassed' by the show, which remains by far the highest-rated cable show in its time slot as of June 2012.[10]

On October 5, 2013, while covering the government shutdown which had led to the closing of a veteran's museum, presenter Kooiman claimed that President Obama had offered "to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture". The story seemed to have been sourced from a spoof news website National Report, and the following week an on-air apology was made for "reporting a story based on poor research that was not true".[15]

Left-leaning media watch-dog groups such as Media Matters and Right Wing Watch feature thousands of articles criticising the content of Fox & Friends for biased and problematic reporting.[16] Non-partisan fact checker Politifact has thus far conferred exclusively "false" and "pants on fire" ratings to weekday hosts Brian Killmeade,[17] Steve Doocey,[18] and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.[19] Politifact's highest ranking Fox & Friends hosts are weekend hosts Anna Kooiman, who has exclusively received "Mostly false" ratings,[20] and Tucker Carlson, whose ratings are evenly split between "half-truths" and "pants on fire."[21]




Regular contributors[edit]

Guest Hosts / Substitute Hosts[edit]

  • Scott Brown, former United States Senator, Fox News Contributor.

Former personalities[edit]

  • E. D. Hill, Weekdays co-host from 1998 to 2006, replaced by Gretchen Carlson.
  • Dave Briggs, Weekend co-host, left at the end of 2012 to join NBC Sports Network [22]
  • Gretchen Carlson, Weekdays co-host from 2006 to 2013, replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck; currently hosting the weekday afternoon The Real Story.[23]
  • Alisyn Camerota, Weekend co-host, left the program on September 28, 2013, to be the co-host of a new weekday version of America's News Headquarters airing on the network.[24] Left Fox News in March 2014 and joined CNN in July of 2014.


  1. ^ Thompson, Ethan, and Jason Mittell. "Fox & Friends: Political Talk." How to Watch Television. 168-76. Print.
  2. ^ Nisbet, Matthew C. "Communicating Climate Change: Why Frames Matter for Public Engagement." Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 51.2 (2009): 12-23.
  3. ^ Meagher, Richard. "The “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”: Media and Conservative Networks." New Political Science 34.4 (2012): 469-84.
  4. ^ Powell, Brian. "Endorsing Obama's Assassination Isn't Enough To Keep This Voice Off Of Fox News" Media Matters (2014)
  5. ^ Changes at Fox & Friends, TVNewser, July 14, 2008.
  6. ^ ‘Fox & Friends First’ Goes on the Air, TVNewser, March 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Fox and Friends' with Elizabeth Hasselbeck –". THE WRAP Covering Hollywood. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Fox and Friends jump 22% with Elizabeth Hasselbeck –". Deadline Hollywood. October 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Cable News Ratings - publisher=TV by the Numbers". February 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  10. ^ a b c d Peters, Jeremy (June 20, 2012). "Enemies and Allies for 'Friends'". New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Stelter, Brian (May 30, 2012). "Obama Video on Fox News Criticized as Attack Ad". New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ Zurawik, David (May 30, 2012). "With Romney now official, Fox News gets shamelessly political". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ Poniewozik, James (May 31, 2012). "Fox News Produces Greatest Fox News Parody Video Ever". TIME. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ Bauder, David (June 4, 2012). "Controversial Fox News video: personnel hardball?". BusinessWeek. Associated Press. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Fox & Friends Host Anna Kooiman Apologizes for Airing Phony Muslim Museum Story". 14 October 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "FOX & Friends - Tags - Media Matters for America". Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Brian Kilmeade's file". Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Steve Doocy's file". Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck's file". Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Anna Kooiman's file". Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Tucker Carlson's file". Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Dave Briggs Leaves ‘Fox and Friends’ With Emotional On-Air Farewell [Video]". Inqusitir. December 30, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving "The View" to join Fox". cbsnews. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  24. ^ Weprin, Alex. "‘The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson’ To Debut At 2 PM On Fox News September 30". Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

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Preceded by
Fox & Friends First
Fox & Friends
6 AM ET - 9 AM ET
Succeeded by
America's Newsroom