Brian Kilmeade

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Brian Kilmeade
Brian Kilmeade (left) and Steve Doocy At Barnes and Noble in Westbury, NY
Born (1964-05-07) May 7, 1964 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education C.W. Post (B.A.) Minor Political Science
Occupation Co-host of Fox & Friends
(Fox News) and
Host of Kilmeade and Friends (Fox News Radio)
Spouse(s) Dawn (DeGaetano) Kilmeade
Children Brian

Brian Kilmeade (born May 7, 1964) is a Fox News television personality. Weekdays, he co-hosts Fox's morning show, Fox & Friends, along with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. He has written several fiction and nonfiction books, and hosts the Fox News Radio program Kilmeade and Friends.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Kilmeade is of Irish and Italian descent.[2] After graduating from Massapequa High School in 1982, Kilmeade attended C.W. Post (Brookville, New York), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (1986). He began his career as a correspondent on Channel One News, a daily national high school television news program. He later served as an anchor and host for KHSC-TV in Ontario, California.[3] He co-hosted The Jim Brown Show on XTRA-AM (KLSD-XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego), an all-sports radio network. In 1993, Kilmeade joined Brown as part of the announcing team for the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 1) event, conducting post-fight interviews. He moved into the play-by-play role for UFC 2 and UFC 3 in 1994.

Kilmeade was a freelance sports anchor for WVIT (NBC) in Hartford, beginning in 1997. He was a sideline reporter for the MSG Network, where he covered the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, a major league soccer team based in Giants Stadium.

Later, he worked as a feature reporter and anchor for Newsport TV, where he hosted Newsport Journal, a daily magazine show for the national sports network. He also anchored Scoreboard Central, a live half-hour general sports program. According to his website biography, he has ten years’ experience as a stand-up comedian.[4]

In April 2006, he filled in the Fox News Radio time slot of former Fox anchor Tony Snow, who had left the network to become Press Secretary in the George W. Bush Administration. He is a frequent anchor of The Five airing nightly at 5 p.m. eastern on FNC.

Kilmeade is Roman Catholic.[5] He is married to Dawn (DeGaetano) Kilmeade, and they have three children: Brian, Kirstyn, and Kaitlyn.[2]


  • 2004: The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports[6]
  • 2007: It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments that Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest[7]
  • 2015: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History[9] (co-author Don Yaeger), about President Thomas Jefferson and the First Barbary War
  • 2017: Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny[10] (co-author Don Yaeger), about President Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans, is scheduled for release in October 2017.

Controversial remarks[edit]

Kilmeade faced criticism after expressing support for the far-right English Defence League, often described as an extremist group,[11] during an interview with their leader 'Tommy Robinson' (real name Stephen Lennon). He finished the interview with the words "Tommy, we got your back and we'll definitely look to keep in touch, it's great what you're doing".[12]

"We keep marrying other species and other ethnics"[edit]

On July 8, 2009, Kilmeade and two co-hosts were discussing a study that, based on research done in Finland and Sweden, showed people who stay married are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Kilmeade, who is Italian-Irish American, commented, "[In the United States] we keep marrying other species and other ethnics..." Ignoring attempts by co-host Gretchen Carlson (who is of Swedish descent) to interrupt him, he added, "See, the problem is the Swedes have pure genes. Because they marry other Swedes... Finns marry other Finns, so they have a pure society. In America we marry everybody, we marry Italians and Irish."[13]

On July 20, 2009, Kilmeade apologized for his remarks, saying, "I made comments that were offensive to many people. That was not my intention, and looking back at those comments I realize they were inappropriate. For that I sincerely apologize. America [is a] huge melting pot, and that is what makes us such a great country..."[14]

"All terrorists are Muslims"[edit]

In a follow-up discussion to Bill O'Reilly's appearance on The View on October 14, 2010 – in which Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off after O'Reilly said that people did not want a mosque built at Ground Zero because "... Muslims killed us on 9/11" – Kilmeade dismissed the View debate as "elementary" and said:

They were outraged that somebody was saying ...

There was a certain group of people that attacked us on 9/11. It wasn't just one person, it was one religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.[15]

Back on his radio show Monday, Kilmeade said,

What I should have said, and I’d like to clarify, is all terrorists who killed us on 9/11; with the Cole; and the Khobar; and the ‘98 embassies; that’s what I should have said.[16]

Kilmeade's remarks have been criticized[17][18][19] and Keith Olbermann called the claim "both inaccurate and prejudiced" as groups other than Muslims have committed terrorist acts.[20]

"You grew up on tacos"[edit]

On October 4, 2013, Fox News meteorologist Maria Molina was brought on Fox and Friends to talk about tacos to celebrate National Taco Day. Kilmeade asked Molina: "So what are the tips we need to know? You grew up on tacos, correct?" Molina denied it, explaining she was Nicaraguan and that tacos are not native to Nicaragua. At this point Kilmeade's co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Molina "But if you did, if you did grow up on tacos?"[21][22]

"Bowe Bergdahl's father looks like a member of the Taliban"[edit]

On June 3, 2014, Kilmeade made a reference about Bowe Bergdahl's father on air stating, “I mean, he says he was growing his beard because his son was in captivity. Well, your son’s out now. So if you really don’t want to no longer look like a member of the Taliban, you don’t have to look like a member of the Taliban. Are you out of razors?"[23]

Jimmy Kimmel criticism and Kimmel's response[edit]

On September 20, 2017, Kilmeade said, “Sunday’s politically charged Emmys may have been the lowest-rated in history, but that’s not stopping Hollywood elites like comedian Jimmy Kimmel from pushing their politics on the rest of the country.”

This prompted Jimmy Kimmel to call Kilmeade a "phony little creep."

Kimmel's response was “Oh, he’s such a fan I think he’s been on the show. He follows me on Twitter; he asked me to write a blurb for his book, which I did; he calls my agent looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite. The only reason he’s not a member of the Hollywood elite is because nobody will hire him to be one. And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery, then has to have two more, and because of that I learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation. I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you. That will be my blurb for your next book: ‘Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep.’”[24]

Brian Kilmeade responded to Kimmel: "I hope your son gets better. I hope your son gets all the care he needs. I'm glad you're interested, you're doing a great job bringing the dialogue out. But you should do what we're doing. Talk to the people that wrote it [the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill]." [25]


  1. ^ "Kilmeade and Friends". Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Brian Kilmeade the News". 
  3. ^ "Fox News Personalities - Brian Kilmeade". Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bio". Retrieved November 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Fox News: What are 'The Five' giving up for Lent?". February 13, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Kilmeade, Brian (October 12, 2004). The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports. ReganBooks. ISBN 978-0060736736. 
  7. ^ Kilmeade, Brian (May 1, 2007). It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments that Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0061237263. 
  8. ^ Kilmeade, Brian; Yaeger, Don (November 5, 2013). George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution. Sentinel HC. ISBN 978-1595231031. 
  9. ^ Kilmeade, Brian; Yaeger, Don (November 3, 2015). Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History. Sentinel. ISBN 978-1591848066. 
  10. ^ Kilmeade, Brian; Yaeger, Don (October 24, 2017). Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny. Sentinel HC. ISBN 978-0735213234. 
  11. ^ "The Roots of Extremism: The English Defence League and the Counter-Jihad Challenge | Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs". Chatham House. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  12. ^ "EDL's Tommy Robinson Is 'Great Guy' Says Fox News Presenter Brian Kilmeade (VIDEO)". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  13. ^ Alex Koppelman (July 8, 2009). "'Fox News' Kilmeade: We 'marry other species,' Finns 'pure'". Archived from the original on July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  14. ^ Peter Drivas (July 20, 2009). "Brian Kilmeade Apologizes For Racist 'Pure Species' Comment". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  15. ^ Danny Shea (2010-10-15). "Brian Kilmeade: 'All Terrorists Are Muslims'". The Huffington Post. 
  16. ^ Brian Stelter (2010-10-18). "Fox Host Says He 'Misspoke' About Muslims". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ Pierce, Tony. "Two out of three 'Fox & Friends' think 'all terrorists are Muslim'". Los Angeles Times. 
  18. ^ Elliot, Justin (October 15, 2010). "Fox host: "All terrorists are Muslim"". Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. 
  19. ^ "All Terrorists Are Muslims". The Atlantic. 
  20. ^ Olbermann, Keith. "Countdown With Keith Olbermann for Friday, October 15". MSNBC. 
  21. ^ "Fox News Host Is Pretty Sure Nicaraguan Co-Host 'Grew Up on Tacos'". 
  22. ^ "Fox News asks Nicaraguan meteorologist to host 'Taco Day' segment: 'You grew up on tacos'". 
  23. ^ "Multiple Fox Hosts Say American POW's Father Looks "Like A Muslim," "Member Of Taliban"". 
  24. ^ Stern, Marlow (2017-09-21). "Jimmy Kimmel Threatens 'Fox & Friends' Host Brian Kilmeade: 'I'll Pound You When I See You'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  25. ^ Scarry, Eddie (2017-09-21). "'Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade responds to Jimmy Kimmel calling him 'little creep' in healthcare debate". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 

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