Fox & Friends

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Fox & Friends
FoxandFriendsLogo.jpg
Logo of the show
Genre
Presented by Weekdays:
Steve Doocy
Ainsley Earhardt
Brian Kilmeade
Janice Dean
Weekends:
Pete Hegseth
Griff Jenkins
TBA
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 15
Production
Production location(s) New York City
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Weekday 180 minutes Weekend 240 minutes
Release
Original network Fox News Channel
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original release February 1, 1998 – present
External links
Website

Fox & Friends is a daily morning conservative[1][2][3][4][5] news/talk program that airs on Fox News Channel, hosted by Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade.

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

Fox & Friends has been described as being more akin to the morning shows broadcast by the Big Three television networks than its cable competitors (particularly CNN's New Day 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 focuses primarily upon politics, which are presented from Fox News Channel's conservative viewpoints.[10] Currently, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade co-host the program.[11][12]

Recurring segments[edit]

  • The 'Summer Concert Series' features a live music concert in the Fox News Channel Plaza each Friday from Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day weekend.[13][14]
  • 'Normal or Nuts' is a segment in which psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow answers viewer questions posed via Facebook or Twitter.[15][16]
  • On 'Rebuilding Dreams', real estate attorney Bob Massey offers non-legal advice on buying, selling, listing and pitfalls related to real estate transactions.[15]
  • '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.[15]

Ratings[edit]

The New York Times has reported the show is one of the most successful on the network.[17] 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.[18][19]

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.[20]

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."[17] 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.[17] The video was widely criticized as a political attack ad masquerading as journalism,[21][22] Time magazine 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."[23] 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.[24] Fox stated that the show was entertainment and "does not pretend to be straight news."[17]

Current U.S. president Donald Trump is a regular viewer of Fox & Friends, and has openly praised the program on Twitter because it provides favorable coverage of his presidency. Critics have noted that Trump often "live-tweets" about stories featured on Fox & Friends as they air—which creates a "feedback loop" when the stories are acknowledged as national issues because they were discussed by Trump on social media.[25][26][10][27][28]

Trump was a frequent guest on Fox & Friends before his presidency. In 2011, 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 legal dispute,[33] and said that he had gotten a card and flowers for Melania, his wife, whose birthday was the same day.[34]

Personalities[edit]

Weekdays[edit]

Weekends[edit]

Former hosts[edit]

References[edit]

  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. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Meagher, Richard. "The “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy”: Media and Conservative Networks." New Political Science 34.4 (2012): 469-84. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian (July 9, 2013). "Conservative Voice Goes From 'View' to Fox News". 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 4 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "TV Shows – Fox and Friends". TV Guide.com. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Wemple, Eric (27 March 2013). "Fox News all day: Hard, and conservative". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Changes at Fox & Friends". TVNewser. Retrieved 14 July 2008. 
  9. ^ "Fox & Friends First Goes on the Air". TVNewser. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Marantz, Andrew (2018-01-08). "How "Fox & Friends" Rewrites Trump's Reality". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 
  11. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (2016-02-16). "Ainsley Earhardt Replaces Elisabeth Hasselbeck On 'Fox & Friends' On February 29". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Noticing That Fox News Has Lots of Blonde News Personalities Is Dehumanizing, Says Fox News Personality". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  13. ^ Vinson, Christina (23 May 2014). "Fox News' All American Summer Concert Series Features Exciting Country Artists". Taste of Country. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "All American Summer Concert Series". Fox News Channel. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "Fox and Friends – Index". Fox and Friends. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Celebrity Profiles – Keith Ablow". TV Guide. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c d Peters, Jeremy (June 20, 2012). "Enemies and Allies for 'Friends'". New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Fox and Friends' Gets Double-Digit Ratings Boost with Elizabeth Hasselbeck". THE WRAP Covering Hollywood. October 15, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Fox and Friends jump 22% with Elizabeth Hasselbeck". Deadline Hollywood. October 15, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  20. ^ Battaglio, Stephen. "Cable's top morning show 'Fox & Friends' gets a ratings bump from its biggest fan, President Trump". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 
  21. ^ Stelter, Brian (May 30, 2012). "Obama Video on Fox News Criticized as Attack Ad". New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  22. ^ Zurawik, David (May 30, 2012). "With Romney now official, Fox News gets shamelessly political". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  23. ^ Poniewozik, James (May 31, 2012). "Fox News Produces Greatest Fox News Parody Video Ever". Time. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ Bauder, David (June 4, 2012). "Controversial Fox News video: personnel hardball?". BusinessWeek. Associated Press. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  25. ^ Haberman, Maggie; Thrush, Glenn; Baker, Peter (2017-12-09). "Inside Trump's Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  26. ^ "I've Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It's Crazier Than You Think". Politico. January 5, 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  27. ^ Bump, Philip (2018-01-19). "Analysis | This is what Trump heard when he watched 'Fox and Friends' as president". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 
  28. ^ Kludt, Tom. "A big winner in Trump's first 100 days? 'Fox & Friends'". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 
  29. ^ "Fox News Once Gave Trump a Perch. Now It's His Bullhorn". Retrieved 2018-07-01. 
  30. ^ Zurcher, Anthony (2018-04-26). "Key takeaways from Trump's Fox News interview". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 
  31. ^ Graham, David A. "Donald From D.C. Calls in to 'Fox and Friends'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 
  32. ^ The Associated Press (April 26, 2018). "Trump Pledges Hands Off Russia Probe, May 'Change My Mind'". The New York Times. 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. ^ The Associated Press (April 26, 2018). "'Busy' Trump Admits He Didn't Get Wife Much for Her Birthday". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Dave Briggs Leaves 'Fox and Friends' With Emotional On-Air Farewell [Video]". Inqusitir. December 30, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving "The View" to join Fox". cbsnews. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  37. ^ Weprin, Alex. "'The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson' To Debut At 2 PM On Fox News September 30". mediabistro.com. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Fox & Friends First
Fox & Friends
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Succeeded by
America's Newsroom