Former President Donald Trump, on Friday, Feb. 5, issued a statement in support of television host Lou Dobbs after Fox Business Network canceled his evening program.
“Lou Dobbs is and was great,” Trump said in a statement through Amy Kremer, the co-founder for Women for Trump. “Nobody loves America more than Lou. He had a large and loyal following that will be watching closely for his next move, and that following includes me.”
The show’s cancellation came one day after Dobbs was named a defendant in a defamation lawsuit filed by voting machine maker Smartmatic, claiming Dobbs and two other Fox hosts defamed them.
The lawsuit is seeking $2.7 billion in damages from Dobbs, Fox, other hosts Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro for alleging the voting machine company helped to rig the November election against Trump.
In a statement, Fox said the decision to end Dobbs’s show was part of a wider revamp of the network’s schedule. “FOX News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on FOX Business—this is part of those planned changes,” a Fox representative told Politico.
Dobbs said he had no comment on Friday. He took time to thank Trump for his “kind words” about the show being canceled. “God bless you and all the American patriots who make this country great,” he wrote in a tweet.
Despite not commenting publicly, the former host retweeted several comments condemning Fox News over the decision.
One retweet said that the network canceled Dobbs’s show because “he is a truth-teller” and “a threat to the giant cabal,” while another declared that “Fox is in a race with itself to the bottom.”
Dobbs also retweeted former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka’s post, which said, “He’s a Patriot. He speaks the Truth. He doesn’t back down. That’s why Fox News had to cancel Dobbs.”
In the past, Trump denounced Fox News, accusing the network of “being fed Democrat talking points.” However, he saved praise for several hosts, including Dobbs.
“Fox News’ daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there,” the former president tweeted in November 2020.
“They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was Fox News,” he added.
According to the LA Times, Dobbs is still under contract at Fox News. Still, it is unlikely that he will appear on any show for the network again. Dobbs began his career at CNN in 1980 and moved to Fox Business in 2011. His show, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” was “the #1 news program on business television,” according to the network.