Scottie Nell Hughes

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Scottie Nell Hughes
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Born (1980-06-21) June 21, 1980 (age 38)
Political party Republican

Scottie Nell Hughes (born June 21, 1980) is an American journalist 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 began her career as an executive producer on the Steve Gill Show in Nashville, Tennessee.[5] 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. She has been a strong supporter of U.S. forces.[6] Scottie Nell is the former news director of the Tea Party News Network[7] and served as a political commentator for CNN until her contact expired in January 2017. She currently serves as political editor at She serves as a columnist for Townhall,, and The Christian Post. Her interviews as a commentator have been featured on Drudge Report, Breitbart News, Sports Illustrated, TheBlaze, WorldNetDaily, and The Daily Caller.

She wrote the 2014 Roar: The New Conservative Woman Speaks Out.[7]


In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Hughes got into a heated discussion with commentator Ana Navarro over the 2005 tape of Donald Trump making comments about assaulting women.[8] She was also impersonated by Cecily Strong on the April 2, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live.

In a live interview broadcast on CNN the day before the 2016 presidential election, she made an embarrassing gaffe[9] by confusing the word "Molotov" with the 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."[10]

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."[11]

On September 18, 2017, Hughes sued Fox News Channel claiming she was raped by Fox Business Network host Charles Payne and was eventually fired in retaliation after reporting it.[12] Hughes claims 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, and for the duration of the relationship, she kept an apartment near Fox's Manhattan headquarters.[13] Her appearances were drastically reduced after she ended the relationship in 2015 and reported Payne to Fox.[14] Days later, RadarOnline published emails from Payne to Hughes in which he wrote that he "has no problem with this" referring to a Confederate Flag bikini worn by a model resembling Hughes.[15]

Explicit emails from Hughes to Payne cast doubt on the pundit's claim that she was "coerced" into the relationship.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Hughes is married to Chris Hughes, a custom home builder, and has two children.[citation needed]

Hughes's brother Cliff was shot and killed before she was born. He was shot to death at the age of eight, by his nanny's 12-year-old son while the nanny watched him at her home. She is pro-gun and an NRA supporter. After writing about the shooting, Hughes received her first network appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, where she defended the right to keep and bear arms despite her own family's past.[18] She accused Charles Payne a former coworker at Fox of rape.[19]


Hughes graduated magna cum laude with a broadcast communications/political science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Blog of the Year by National Bloggers Club - 2012
  • Citizen of the Year for the City of Hendersonville, TN - 2011[6]
  • Member of the Year for the GFWC Woman’s Club[6]
  • Nashville Air Award - 2005


  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. ^ "BIO". Scottie Hughes. March 7, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "BIO". Scottie Hughes. March 7, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Levine, Daniel S. (July 7, 2017). "Scottie Nell Hughes: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ Ana Navarro: Everything you said is '50 shades of crazy' - CNN Video, retrieved October 25, 2016 
  9. ^ Darcy, Oliver (November 7, 2016). "CNN contributor makes embarrassing 'mazel tov' gaffe on live TV while trying to criticize Jay Z and Beyoncé". Business Insider. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  10. ^ McMurry, Evan (November 7, 2016). "Donald Trump Supporter's 'Mazel Tov Cocktail' Comment Delights Twitter". Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  11. ^ 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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  13. ^ Ali, Yashar (July 6, 2017). "Conservative Analyst Scottie Nell Hughes Accuses Fox Business Host of Sexual Harassment". HuffPost. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  14. ^ 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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  16. ^ Graphic Leaked Emails, Former Colleagues Unravel Scottie Hughes' Sexual Harassment Claims Against Charles Payne
  17. ^ 'I keep dreaming about us in the pool': The VERY racy emails allegedly sent by Scottie Nell Hughes to suspended Fox Business host Charles Payne who is accused of sexually harassing her, DailyMail
  18. ^ "Donald Trump stumper Scottie Nell Hughes' family tragedy". The Tennessean. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Woman Says Fox News Banned Her After She Accused Charles Payne of Rape". The New York Times. September 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2018. 

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