Dan Bongino, a prominent conservative voice within the Fox News lineup, is parting ways with the network due to an inability to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Fox Corp.-affiliated channel.
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In a podcast episode aired on Thursday, Bongino shared the news with his audience, saying, “Unfortunately, last week marked my final appearance on Fox News Channel. It’s a challenging moment, to be sure. I’ve been contributing and working there for a decade, so the conclusion of the show was not an easy decision. I want to emphasize that there’s no grand conspiracy here, I assure you. There’s no lingering bitterness. This was not some dramatic WWE-style showdown. Simply put, we couldn’t come to terms on a contract extension.”
Bongino, who initially joined Fox News as a contributor in 2019, took the reins of the Saturday-night show “Unfiltered With Dan Bongino” on the network in 2021.
His departure, previously covered by Forbes, coincides with Fox Corp.’s recent agreement to pay a substantial $787.5 million settlement to Dominion Voting Systems. The settlement arose from accusations of defamation against the ballot-technology company, with Fox News accused of disseminating baseless conspiracy theories concerning its role in the 2020 presidential election. While Dan Bongino was not a central figure in the trial nor scheduled to testify, he had been known for amplifying controversial and dubious narratives, such as opposing mandates for coronavirus vaccination and alleging Democratic attempts to orchestrate a coup during the 2020 presidential election.
In response to his departure, Fox News issued a statement, saying, “We thank Dan for his contributions and wish him success in his future endeavors.” The network plans to replace Bongino’s program on Saturday night with “Lawrence Jones Cross Country” and will fill the 10 p.m. slot with a repeat of the weekday 11 p.m. program “Gutfeld!” Fox News intends to announce a new programming schedule in the coming weeks.
Bongino characterized his exit as amicable, stating, “I truly enjoyed my time there, and they were supportive of me for a decade. They allowed me to host ‘Unfiltered,’ where we covered the topics we wanted and did things our way. It’s a somber moment, a sad day.” He added, “They did offer me the opportunity to do one final show. I want to clarify that they didn’t show me the door; this was my choice, not theirs. But, for now, I thought it was the best decision to part ways. As I mentioned, there are no hard feelings. I have a fantastic team there.”
Dan Bongino is widely recognized as one of the most prominent voices in conservative media circles. He brings a wealth of experience from his prior roles as a New York City police officer and his extensive tenure as a U.S. Secret Service agent.
Additionally, he has hosted highly acclaimed radio programs, with his show being selected as the successor to the longstanding program previously hosted by Rush Limbaugh. Bongino’s one-hour radio show, previously available on Westwood One, was also featured on the Fox Nation streaming service. However, it will no longer be available on that platform.