Fox News may have recently canceled top-rated Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs, but another outspokenly pro-Trump economist is soon getting his own show to discuss the news of the day on the finance-oriented cable news channel.
Larry Kudlow, who served as an economic adviser to former President Donald Trump, will host an as-yet-untitled weeknight program on Fox Business that is set to debut on Feb. 16, The Daily Caller reported. It had already been announced in January, absent any details, that Kudlow would soon be joining the network.
The hour-long nightly program will air at 4 pm ET and, according to a press release, “feature closing market analysis as well as interviews with major industry leaders influencing Wall Street, Washington, and business in America.”
Kudlow “thrilled” to be getting show
“We are immensely proud to add Larry to our incomparable FBN lineup. His expertise will greatly inform our audience and we look forward to his return to business television,” Fox Business President Lauren Petterson said in a statement.
Viewers can expect to see Kudlow deliver “financial market analysis, roundtable discussions on the policies affecting both the domestic and global economies and news-making interviews with business influencers across the world.” In addition to the nightly program, Kudlow will also serve more broadly as a top economic and financial analysis contributor across all aspects of Fox’s media empire.
“I am thrilled to be part of this new venture at FBN and for the opportunity to really drill down on the most pressing economic issues impacting everyday Americans,” Kudlow said as part of the announcement.
Dobbs out, Kudlow in
The Hollywood Reporter noted that Kudlow is not directly replacing Dobbs. Kudlow’s program is set to air in the time slot directly preceding Dobbs’ 5 pm ET space which is now occupied by a new program known as “Fox Business Tonight.”
However, Kudlow’s show will be replayed by the network at 7 pm ET, a time slot that previously had featured a replay of Dobbs’ show.
Reports that Fox had decided to part ways with Dobbs came the day after the host was named, along with several other prominent personalities and Fox News itself, in a $2.7 billion lawsuit filed by voting technology company Smartmatic in response to assertions from Dobbs, and others, that the company had played a role in manipulating the 2020 presidential election results.
Others named in the suit include fellow Fox hosts Maria Bartiromo and Judge Jeanine Pirro, as well as Trump-aligned attorneys Rudy Guiliani and Sidney Powell. The network has reportedly sought to dismiss the lawsuit as being “meritless.”
Kudlow has credentials, experience
Variety reported that hosting a financial analysis show will be nothing new for Kudlow, as that was his job for many years at CNBC prior to joining then-President Trump’s team as a top Assistant for Economic Policy as well as director of the National Economic Council.
Kudlow also boasts the credentials to speak with authority on financial matters, as he previously worked directly for many years on Wall Street with top firms like Bear Stearns and Paine Webber, after initially getting a start in his career as a junior financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.