In the meantime, Fox will be able to distance themselves from Beck’s past notoriety, including the infamous incident on Fox and Friends when he called Barack Obama “a racist”, who had “a deep seated hatred of white people”. This moment of misjudged candour led to an advertiser boycott, losing the network millions of Dollars’ revenue.
Fox will also be able to steer well clear of Beck’s future adventures, which include another rally, this time in Israel – in August. No doubt hoteliers will love Beck for bringing them business at a time of year that is a little too warm even for tourists. But Fox now have a problem with replacing Beck in that 5PM Eastern slot.
And here I can claim some prescience: the first of the front runners in a recent piece on the HuffPost is Megyn Kelly, at present on maternity leave following the birth of her second child. Back in April I backed her as a “credible outsider” who had taken on board the True Fox Way.
And there is another reason for the smart money to follow Ms Kelly: the Beck show will initially be succeeded by a “round table” format hour to run over the summer months only. That is consistent with Fox management waiting for Kelly to return.You read it here first – again.