Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro named permanent co-host of ‘The Five’
Jeanine Pirro has been named full-time co-host of “The Five” and Harold Ford Jr., Geraldo Rivera, and Jessica Tarlov will serve as rotating co-hosts for the wildly successful show’s liberal seat, Suzanne Scott, CEO from FOX News Media announced Wednesday.
“‘The Five’ continues to be a beloved show for American audiences. Each of the co-hosts is an accomplished and insightful talent with diverse opinions and terrific chemistry that will certainly help drive this overall program forward,” said Scott in a statement. .
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Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino and Jesse Watters will continue to fill the other three seats when the changes begin Jan. 24. Later tonight, Watters’ new program, “Jesse Watters Primetime,” will kick off as the outspoken star anchors Fox’s The News timeslot at 7 p.m. ET in addition to co-hosting “The Five.” .
“The Five” topped anything CNN and MSNBC had to offer in 2021, averaging 2.9 million viewers to finish as the second most-watched show on cable news. It also made history by averaging 3.3 million viewers in the fourth quarter of 2021 to become the first non-primetime program in cable news history to complete an entire quarter as as the most-watched cable news program.
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Pirro, a frequent fill-in, joined Fox News in 2006 and will drop her weekend show “Justice with Judge Jeanine” to focus on her full-time role on “The Five.” New programs replacing the Pirro and Watters weekend shows will be announced at a later date.
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She will continue to host “Castles USA” on FOX News Media’s FOX Nation streaming service, where she delves into the rich history of iconic castles across the country.
Ford Jr., Rivera and Tarlov will take turns representing the liberal side of the argument on “The Five,” where they’ve all been successful replacement hosts.