While former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was only recently hired by Fox News to be a paid contributor, she has already received a promotion of sorts at the top-rated cable news channel.
According to Variety, McEnany was just announced as the newest permanent co-host of Fox News’ popular mid-day talk show Outnumbered.
With the move, McEnany becomes the latest member of the decades-long carousel of former and future White House spokespeople moving back and forth between a public-facing government position and a lucrative media gig.
“Kayleigh’s unique background in politics and law coupled with her experiences confronting women’s health challenges and life as a new mom will add robust insight to ‘Outnumbered’ — we are delighted to welcome her back to FOX News where she began her media career,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement Tuesday.
“Thrilled” to join “Outnumbered” team
That brief statement was in reference to McEnany’s extensive education at Harvard Law School, Georgetown University, and Oxford University, her battle against breast cancer, her young child, and the fact that she had interned at Fox News prior to moving on to CNN before joining the Trump administration.
McEnany will reportedly join Outnumbered on April 6 alongside the two other co-hosts, Harris Faulkner and Emily Compagno, as well as two other rotating guests to fill out the panel. According to Nielsen ratings, Outnumbered is the most-watched cable news program in its time slot, with double the number of viewers now than when it was first launched in 2014.
In response to the announcement, McEnany said in a statement, “I am thrilled to join the incredible women of ‘Outnumbered’ and look forward to working alongside the talented Harris Faulkner and Emily Compagno as we discuss the top issues impacting the country.”
The news was also celebrated and shared on social media by her sister, Ryann McEnany, who offered up a hearty “Congratulations” for her sibling.
Congratulations, Kayleigh!! ❤️
Can’t wait to watch you every day 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/5sN4VADftm
— Ryann McEnany (@RyannMcEnany) March 30, 2021
Shots at her successor
The New York Post‘s Page Six, in reporting on the announcement, predicted that McEnany would continue to be an outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump and critic of current President Joe Biden, as well as of her replacement at the podium in the White House briefing room, press secretary Jen Psaki.
During a recent appearance on the network, and in a not so subtle swipe at Psaki’s seemingly less than prepared briefings, McEnany said, “I wish Jen Psaki all the best, it is a very hard job, but that being said, we took great pains in our administration to do hours and hours of research beforehand, days sometimes.”
“I always knew where my boss stood. Unlike other press secretaries who maybe didn’t have walk-in privileges, I could walk in at any time,” she continued. “I always knew where his head was at, so I didn’t have to do a ton of ‘circling back’ because President Trump gave a lot of access to me.”