Jeanine Pirro, a former district attorney and judge from Westchester County, New York, first joined the contributor roster at Fox News in 2006. Since then, she’s spent years hosting her self-titled Saturday program, Justice with Judge Jeanine, and she’s appeared as a guest on a variety of other network shows.
Now, Fox viewers will get to see even more of Pirro. According to the Washington Examiner, Fox News announced Wednesday that Judge Jeanine has accepted a gig as a permanent co-host on the network’s The Five.
The promotion for Pirro to a role on the top-rated weekday program will require her to give up her Saturday time slot. However, Pirro will still reportedly host Castles USA on the Fox Nation streaming service.
Pirro named permanent co-host
According to Fox News, Pirro will first join Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, and Jesse Watters as a regular co-host on The Five on Jan. 24.
The remaining fifth seat on the panel discussion show, typically reserved for a dissenting voice, will reportedly revolve between liberal guests including Harold Ford Jr., Geraldo Rivera, and Jessica Tarlov for the foreseeable future.
Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, announced the updated lineup in a statement Wednesday.
“The Five continues to be a beloved show by the American audience,” Scott said.
“Each of the co-hosts are accomplished and insightful talent with diverse opinions and terrific chemistry who will certainly help drive this ensemble program going forward,” she added.
“The Five” draws huge ratings for 2021
Pirro couldn’t be joining the show at a better time: The Wrap reports that The Five finished off the final quarter of 2021 as the most-watched cable news program, with an average daily viewership of 3.3 million in Q4.
It’s the first time ever that a non-primetime cable news show claimed the top spot.
But the success of The Five was not confined solely to the fourth quarter; Fox boasted that the daytime show averaged 2.9 million viewers throughout 2021, to finish out the year as the second most-watched cable news program overall.
Fox has said it will soon announce who will replace Pirro in her Saturday evening time slot.