LOS ANGELES — Fox Corp’s Fox Business Network has canceled the infamous business show “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” The show was a weekday program hosted by the business journalist and vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, the company said on Friday.
News of the cancellation came one day after Dobbs was named as a defendant in a defamation lawsuit that was filed by Smartmatic, voting machine maker that creates and offers electronic voting technology and services designed to make elections more auditable and transparent.
Fox claimed in a press release that they already had to cancel the show well before the lawsuit in hopes to revamp the network with new programming following President’s election win in November 2020.
A Fox News Media spokesperson stated, “As we said in October, 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.”
Regarding the Smartmatic lawsuit, Fox said in a statement the network was “proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”
ATR News tried reaching out to Lou Dobbs and was denied comment.
In addition, Trump also issued a statement praising Dobbs on Friday evening.
“Lou Dobbs is and was great,” Trump said in an emailed statement. “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.”
A new show will be starting Monday, the 5 p.m. show will be called “Fox Business Tonight,” and will be repeated at 7 p.m.
FOX News has also launched a new opinion show that airs at 7 p.m.
ATR News Social Media Editor Norman Malecki in Columbus, OH contributed to this report.