Scottie Nell Hughes

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Scottie Nell Hughes
Scottie Nell Hughes.jpg
Hughes in 2014
Born (1980-06-21) June 21, 1980 (age 40)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Chris Hughes

Scottie Nell Hughes (born June 21, 1980) is an American journalist, news anchor and political commentator. She was a paid CNN commentator during the 2016 presidential election, often speaking in support of presidential candidate Donald Trump.[1][2][3][4]

Hughes joined RT America as a full-time anchor in September 2018 and is the host of a daily news show NEWS VIEWS HUGHES.[5]


Hughes graduated with a broadcast communications/political science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.[6] Her first network TV appearance was on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, where she defended the right to keep and bear arms; her brother Cliff had been shot and killed, before she was born.[7]

Hughes began her career as an executive producer on the Steve Gill Show in Nashville, Tennessee.[8] With an established radio career, she went on to take producing positions with The Rusty Humphries Show, The Michael Berry Show, The Mark Skoda Show, and many others. She also was in the first group of radio talk show hosts sent by the Department of Defense to travel to the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Kuwait, as well as the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.[6] She was news director of the Tea Party News Network[9] and served as a political commentator for CNN until her contract expired in January 2017.[citation needed]

On September 18, 2017, Hughes sued Fox News asserting she had been raped by Fox Business Network host Charles Payne. He denied the accusation.[10] Hughes said the subsequent two-year sexual relationship with Payne was coerced and that she believed it would help her obtain a permanent position at the network.[11] Her appearances were drastically reduced after she ended the relationship in 2015 and reported Payne to Fox.[12] The suit was settled with details unknown.[13]

She wrote the 2014 Roar: The New Conservative Woman Speaks Out.[9]


In a live interview broadcast on CNN the day before the 2016 presidential election, she confused the word "Molotov" with mazel tov, a Jewish expression of congratulations or good luck, when she stated that a video by rap music artist and Hillary Clinton supporter Jay-Z begins "with a crowd throwing mazel tov cocktails."[14] Six months later, comedian Samantha Bee poked fun at what Hughes called her "silly verbal stumble" and "slip-of-the-tongue" on Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Hughes responded by demanding an apology, claiming Bee "attacked my intelligence with a cheap 'brain damage' insult".[15]


  1. ^ Nuzzi, Olivia. "The Desperate Gamble of Scottie Nell Hughes, World's Most Loyal Trump Surrogate". GQ. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Pennacchia, Robyn. "Trump Idiot Scottie Nell Hughes Says Facts Don't Exist". Wonkette. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Donald Trump Supporter Scottie Nell Hughes Hurt by Cecily Strong's Parody on 'Saturday Night Live': 'Ultimate Shaming' US Magazine, April 4, 2016
  4. ^ "Scottie Nell Hughes Announces New Gig at CNN in Most Ostentatious Way Possible". Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Barr, Jeremy (September 6, 2018). "Former CNN Contributor Scottie Nell Hughes Joins RT America as Anchor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "BIO". Scottie Hughes. March 7, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Donald Trump stumper Scottie Nell Hughes' family tragedy". The Tennessean. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "BIO". Scottie Hughes. March 7, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Levine, Daniel S. (July 7, 2017). "Scottie Nell Hughes: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Steel, Emily (September 18, 2017). "Woman Says Fox News Banned Her After She Accused Charles Payne of Rape". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Ali, Yashar (July 6, 2017). "Conservative Analyst Scottie Nell Hughes Accuses Fox Business Host of Sexual Harassment". HuffPost. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  12. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (July 6, 2017). "Fox suspends business news host Charles Payne amid sexual harassment allegations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
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  14. ^ McMurry, Evan (November 7, 2016). "Donald Trump Supporter's 'Mazel Tov Cocktail' Comment Delights Twitter". Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Preza, Elizabeth (May 5, 2017). "CNN's Hughes demands apology from 'bully' Sam Bee for mocking her 'mazel tov cocktail' defense of Trump". The Raw Story. Retrieved July 7, 2017.

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