Fox Business Network has severed ties with primetime host Trish Regan, who sparked controversy after claiming that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was an “impeachment scam” around two weeks ago.
“Fox Business has parted ways with Trish Regan,” the network said in a statement. “We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors. We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the coronavirus crisis.”
The network's decision stemmed from an early March segment on “Trish Regan Primetime,” the television host's now-defunct show, where Regan told a multitude of lies about the virus. Regan alleged that Democrats were singularly blaming President Donald Trump for the virus and that Democrats and left-wingers had a “need to create mass hysteria to encourage a market selloff” and “stop the economy,” all while a large graphic titled “CORONAVIRUS IMPEACHMENT SCAM” was displayed onscreen.
Regan announced that her show had been placed on hiatus on March 13, the day she hosted her final show. Regan is one of several Fox personalities and guests who have recently lied and downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro downplayed the virus' deadliness in early March, while network host Laura Ingraham, who previously taunted school shooting survivor David Hogg, then 17, for getting rejected from colleges, promoted unproven drugs in response to the pandemic. Sean Hannity previously referred to the coronavirus as a “hoax.” Conservative personality and university heir Jerry Falwell Jr. recently promoted a conspiracy theory on Fox and Friends that the coronavirus was co-created by North Korea and China to assault the United States and, like Regan, suggested that media coverage of the pandemic was politically motivated.
Though Regan's comments about the coronavirus generated particularly strong pushback, they weren't the first time that the television host had generated controversy. Regan's prior segments included accusations that Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault claims against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were politically motivated and a suggestion that Ilhan Omar D-Minnesota — a favorite target for racist attacks by Trump and other prominent conservatives — was antisemitic.
Regan, who joined Fox in 2015, also aired a variety of interviews with conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who has actively promoted the birther conspiracies about President Barack Obama's citizenship, during her time at the network.
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The folks behind the daily online show Stars in the House, a series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley that features stage and screen actors singing and performing live from home to benefit The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 efforts, are adding Plays in the House to its line-up, matching performers and plays for livestream readings.
First up: a one-time only reunion of the original The Heidi Chronicles Broadway cast of the Wendy Wasserstein Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play: Joan Allen, Cynthia Nixon, Peter Friedman, Boyd Gaines, Ellen Parker, Joanne Camp, Anne Lange and Drew McVety.
The Heidi Chronicles will open the new Plays series today at 2 p.m. ET on the Stars in the House livestream channel. This one-time only Heidi event has been granted permission from André Bishop and Ben Wasserstein.
A new episode of Plays in the House will stream every Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. – Broadway’s matinee time – beginning today and ending when Broadway reopens after the coronavirus shutdown. This Saturday, April 4, Plays in the House will feature The Tale of the Allergist's Wife starring playwright and original cast member Charles Busch. Additional casting will be announced.
Future play readings will star Harvey Fierstein, Tony Shaloub, Brooke Adams and more. Director/writer Peter Flynn serves as the online reading coordinator for this series.
With the exceptions of the Plays in the House Wednesday and Saturday afternoon timeslots, the Stars in the House series will continue its twice-daily shows 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, with its mix of stage and screen star guests. This week, Stars in the House is featuring TV reunion episodes, with tonight’s show bringing together – remotely – the cast of Frasier: Kelsey Grammer, Peri Gilpin, David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves and Dan Butler. Earlier reunions this week included casts and creatives of Taxi and This is Us.
In addition to its twice-daily streamings the episodes are recorded for subsequent viewings on the channel, audio of Stars in the House is broadcast daily at various times on SiriusXM channels Volume channel 106 and On Broadway channel 72.
Plays in the House will not broadcast on SiriusXM.
Since the first episode on March 16, Stars in the House has raised more than $120,000 to benefit The Actors Fund.