Greg Gutfeld

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Greg Gutfeld
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Greg Gutfeld in 2014
Born Gregory John Gutfeld
(1964-09-12) September 12, 1964 (age 50)
San Mateo, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Television Personality
Spouse(s) Elena Moussa (2004-present)

Gregory John "Greg" Gutfeld (born September 12, 1964) is an American television personality, political satirist, author, humorist, magazine editor, and blogger. Gutfeld was the host of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on the Fox News Channel from 2007 to 2015. Since 2011, he is one of five co-hosts/panelists on Fox News' political talk show The Five. Gutfeld is a self-described libertarian.[1] Gutfeld's co-hosts on The Five have referred to him as "the Rod Serling of political and social commentary."[2]

Early life[edit]

Gutfeld was born in San Mateo, California, the son of Jacqueline Bernice "Jackie" (née Cauhape) and Alfred Jack Gutfeld.[3][4] He attended Junípero Serra High School[5] and the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1987 with a B.A. in English.[6][7]

In a 2009 interview, Gutfeld explained that he started to experience a change in his political thinking while he was attending UC Berkeley:[8]

"I became a conservative by being around liberals (at UC Berkeley) and I became a libertarian by being around conservatives. You realize that there's something distinctly in common between the two groups, the left and the right; the worst part of each of them is the moralizing."

Career[edit]

Gutfeld's first job after college was an internship at The American Spectator, as an assistant to conservative writer R. Emmett Tyrrell. He landed his first full-time job as a staff writer at Prevention magazine. He then worked in Emmaus, Pennsylvania for approximately a decade as an editor at various Rodale Press magazines. In 1995 he became a staff writer at Men's Health. He was promoted to editor in chief of Men's Health in 1999. A year later, he was fired and replaced by David Zinczenko. Gutfeld then became editor in chief of Stuff, increasing circulation from 750,000 to 1.2 million during his tenure. In 2003 he hired several dwarfs to attend a conference of the "Magazine Publishers of America" on the topic of "buzz", with instructions to be as loud and annoying as possible. The stunt generated publicity but led to Gutfeld's being fired soon afterward; he was then made head of "brain development" at Dennis Publishing.[7]

He helmed Maxim magazine in the UK from 2004 to 2006.[7] However, Gutfeld's contract expired without renewal after losses in readership under his tenure.[9]

Gutfeld was one of the first posting contributors to The Huffington Post from its launch in 2005 until October 2008; frequent targets of his sarcasm included his colleagues Deepak Chopra, Cenk Uygur, Arianna Huffington, and Huffington Post bloggers. Many of his Huffington Post commentaries/blogs are still available on its website.[10] Gutfeld has his own blog site, The Daily Gut.

Beginning on February 5, 2007, Gutfeld hosted the hour-long Fox News Channel late-night program, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, which airs at 3 a.m. Eastern Time. From 2007 to 2013, Bill Schulz served as Gutfeld's "sidekick" and Andy Levy as the show's ombudsman. Schulz was a former colleague of Gutfeld's from Stuff magazine and Levy was a fellow blogger at The Huffington Post.

On July 11, 2011, Gutfeld became a co-host/panelist on the Fox News political opinion discussion program The Five. The program airs weekdays at 5 p.m. ET/2 PM PT.[11]

Gutfeld appeared on the television sitcom Louie in the episode "Come On, God", which aired on August 11, 2011. He played himself, hosting a parody version of Red Eye, in which he moderated a debate on masturbation.[citation needed]

In 2013, Shulz left Red Eye for undisclosed reasons; Levy moved to being a permanent panelist and Joanne Nosuchinsky joined as a permanent panelist soon afterward.

Gutfeld engaged in a media feud with comedian Russell Brand responding to one of Brands Youtube videos on Fox News by referring to him as 'Left-Wing Commie scum' a 'racist' and calling him a coward for failing to address religious tensions in his own nation. Brand responded with another video in which he pointed out flaws in Gutfeld's arguments while also insulting him. Gutfeld has not responded to the video.

Gutfeld left Red Eye on February 27, 2015 to host a new weekend show on Fox News.[12] He was replaced on Red Eye by Tom Shillue. In mid May of 2015, it was announced that Gutfeld would be getting his own late-night show called The Greg Gutfeld Show, which debuted on Sunday, May 31, at 10:00 PM EST.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Gutfeld currently resides in New York City with his wife, Elena Moussa, whom he met in London, where he lived for three years. He is an agnostic atheist.[8][14] Gutfeld was raised Catholic and once was an altar boy.[15]

Books[edit]

Gutfeld at a book signing for his book Not Cool
(March 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. March 7, 2013. Fox News. 
  2. ^ The Five. March 27, 2013. Fox News. 
  3. ^ "Jacqueline "Jackie" Gutfeld Obituary – San Mateo, California". Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home at Tributes.com. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Alfred Jack Gutfeld (1922–1984)". Find A Grave Memorial. 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  5. ^ Bluey, Robert B. (June 16, 2006). "Q&A With Greg Gutfeld: The Cool Conservative". Human Events.com (Eagle Publishing Inc.). Retrieved August 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ "On Air Personalities: Greg Gutfeld". Fox News. 1 Mar 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Gurley, George (May 22, 2007). "Red Eye for the Straight Guy". The New York Observer (Observer Media Group). Retrieved August 17, 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b Mangu-Ward, Katherine (October 2009). "'What You're Left With Is Libertarianism'". Reason. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (March 10, 2006). "Gutfeld leaves Maxim after circulation dropped 16.2%". Brand Republic. 
  10. ^ "Greg Gutfeld". The Huffington Post. 
  11. ^ "The Five". Fox News. 
  12. ^ Steinberg, Brian (26 February 2015). "Fox News Channel Developing Weekend Program for Greg Gutfeld". Variety. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  13. ^ http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/fox-news-announces-greg-gutfelds-new-show/262775
  14. ^ "Red Eye 8-15-2011". Fox News Radio. August 15, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ Greg Gutfeld: The Bible of Unspeakable Truths. Hachette Book Group, May 25, 2010.

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