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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On Wednesday night, I was lying in bed watching television something I've grown far more accustomed to over the last few weeks, tuned into The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. There's Colbert, sitting in some rag-tag, do-it-yourself office he's constructed at home, on a video conference call with Ryan Reynolds. Now, for whatever reason, Colbert has been a better interviewer in this setting. He's loose. He's more himself. In front of a live audience, I think Colbert has it in his head that he still owes the audience a taste of the more sarcastic Colbert character from his old show. But here, at his home, we are getting this warm, comforting presence — which is very appealing right now. And this results in his interviews being a little more slapdash, in a positive way. Just about any topic could be brought up. On Monday, there's John Oliver conferencing in, looking kind of hilariously glum, which is refreshing because we all feel glum right now. On Tuesday night it resulted in Daniel Radcliffe — after dealing with audio issues, that were also fascinating — showing off his Jurassic Park LEGO set. On Wednesday, somehow, it led to Colbert telling some wild story about his first audition being for the role of Screech Powers on Saved by the Bell, which seemed to tickle Ryan Reynolds to no end.
It's been like this on most of the late night shows right now. And I'm sure if you ask each of the hosts individually, they'll say something like, “Oh, we are doing the best we can under the circumstances, but we can't wait to get back to our respective studios.” But the weird thing is, late night television is outstanding right now. I can't remember a time in recent memory in which I enjoyed it more. It's making the host rely on individual personality overproduction. It's like getting a concentrated dose of the hosts themselves, as opposed to an over-produced bonanza where each night feels the same.
Over the weekend, feeling nostalgic, I was watching clips of old Late Night with David Letterman. I eventually clicked on a full episode and I watched the whole thing. It's the one where Dave welcomed both Sonny Bono and Cher this isn't the one where Cher calls Dave an asshole, that was before. This episode was famous for Dave convincing the former husband and wife to sing “I Got You Babe.” So, there are a few interesting things going on here. The song was not planned. Now, I know today when stuff like this happens, it's presented like it's not planned, but it's always planned. Here, it's very obvious this was something the Late Night people had come up with right before taping and hadn't gotten Cher's approval. It's fascinating television. And when Cher finally agrees Sonny had agreed before the show started, the song is both magical and kind of terrible because it...
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Parasite Hulu, Wednesday — Alright, so this biting, social-class satire officially does not arrive on Hulu until midnight on Wednesday, but it's worth celebrating Bong Joon Ho's history-making masterpiece landing on a streaming service near you. The film received a hefty box-office bump after winning so many awards that the director apologized to Oscar engravers, so if you still haven't watched, shoot your shot now.
The Resident FOX, 8:00 p.m. — Derek's improvement falls into jeopardy when he suffers a severe complication, and Kit's afraid that this might be more evidence of Cain's cover-up.
The Conners ABC, 8:00 p.m. — Bev is spreading happiness through her finances and decides to fund Mark's coding camp tuition.
Bless This Mess ABC, 8:30 p.m. — Jacob's after-prom event sounds potentially dicey after Kay suggests that Rio and Mike step up as chaperones.
Empire FOX, 9:00 p.m. — Cookie and Lucious have Andre committed to a treatment facility following his breakdown. Meanwhile, Cookie's feeling guilty about Andre's whole situation and wonders how her own troubled history may have contributed.
For Life ABC, 10:00 p.m. — After Cassius put white supremacists in the hospital, Aaron comes to his defense, while Marie's having more feelings for Aaron.
The Last O.G. TBS, 10:30 p.m. — The third season begins for Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish's show about an ex-con attempting to readjust to the world after a 15-year prison stint.
Conan — Guest TBA
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon — Kerry Washington, Russell Wilson, Ciara
A Little Late With Lilly Singh — Adam Rodriguez, Kelsey Cook
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah — Noah's reporting live from his couch, and naturally, the subject of the night will be the ongoing pandemic and social distancing.
Bong Joon-ho made his first-ever U.S. talk show appearance on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday. The director arrived with his translator to discuss his film Parasite — the film earned three Golden Globes nominationsearly Monday — which he emphasized was a "funny and scary movie."
After being asked to describe his film, Bong said that he preferred not to say much about it. "I'd like to say as little as possible here because the film is best when you go into it cold," he said.
Earlier this year, Parasite won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where it also received an eight-minute standing ovation and prompted Jury president Alejandro G. Iñárritu to state that the Palme d'Or decision was "unanimous." After Fallon celebrated the director for having the first Korean film to receive the honor, he questioned why Bong was quick to tell the crowd "let's go home" after receiving a long applause.
"The standing ovation lasted very long but the actors and I were very hungry because we couldn't eat dinner," he explained. After the clapping continued, the director quipped that that was when he decided to finally say "let's go home."
The Daily Show aired a segment on Tuesday that explored "The Magical, Wonderful Road to Impeachment"with Trevor Noah sharing his surprise that President Trump has made it this far in his presidency at all.
Noah stated, "That's right, Democrats have officially announced articles of impeachment to show that, other than Steven Seagal, no one is above the law." He then says, "I know this sounds weird, but I'm actually proud of Donald Trump. Yeah, because, he's getting impeached, but I didn't think he would make it three years, I'm not going to lie. Trump getting this far into his presidency without getting impeached is a lot like when a dog drives a car into a tree: yeah, he crashed, but he made it like eight blocks, that's impressive. I don't know how he even put it into drive ... he barely knows letters."
On a more serious note, Noah references the debate within the Democratic party about how many articles to bring against Trump. "But in the end," he says, "they decided to strike with surgical precision." The Daily Show then cuts to a news segment revealing the two articles that are allegedly easiest to prove and backed up by the most evidence: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The late-night host calls it "good news" for Trump that he's only facing two charges, but then makes a joke that "it's kind of sad" there are only two charges, since other presidents such as Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson had more. "Trump will have the smallest impeachment of all time," Noah quips. "You know that's going to make him insecure."
The cast of The Brady Bunchrevealed that Jodie Foster was almost part of the show when they visited Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday.
Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland reunited to reminisce about their time on the classic TV program ahead of the HGTV/Food Network crossover special A Very Brady Renovation: Holiday Edition.
During the appearance, Olsen revealed one actress that competed against her for her role. "Jodie Foster was up for Cindy," she shared.
Earlier in the segment, the cast reflected on if the show "jumped the shark" when Cousin Oliver Robbie Rist joined the show. "The show was already in the toilet when you add a new cute kid," said Olsen. "They just flush."
McCormick and Williams discussed their first kiss, which Williams detailed in his 1992 book Growing Up Brady. The cast also discussed Knight's reality show My Fair Brady, which Olsen admitted she "loved." Meanwhile, Williams was more critical of the show. "I have one word: Why?" he said.
When asked if they dated any celebrities the public didn't know about while filming the show, Olsen said that she kissed an actor from Oliver. "I was like 9, but I did get kissed by Mike Lester," she revealed.
"My girlfriend at the time was a world champion horse jumper," said Lookinland. "Does that count? Is she a celebrity?"
Alicia Keys broke down 2019 when she served as the guest host of The Late Late Show on Monday .
Keys began the segment by mentioning that " Fleabag's priest couldn't get much hotter," while she also highlighted Beyoncé's concert film Homecoming and the Starbucks cup that made an appearance on Game of Thrones.
"Aunt Becky paid off a ton of schools. We got Apple TV and Disney+. John Legend was named the sexiest," she continued. "Greta Thunberg gave a climate talk. NASA had an all-female spacewalk; 2019 showed us women are strong 'cause hot girl summer lasts all year long."
The audience then joined Keys in singing the chorus of the song before she spoke about the sports highlights of the year, which included the Baylor Bears winning Women's March Madness and "Serena Williams kicking everyone's asses."
Keys then shifted to politics before moving on to music industry news, and then the most memorable films of the year, including Joker, Queen & Slim and The Irishman. "J. Lo in Hustlers deserves an Oscar," she continued. "New Sonic's less creepy and that's a fact, but if you want to be scared look at James [Corden] in Cats."
Monday, December 16
Jimmy Kimmel Live!:J.J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Kelly Marie Tran and Keri Russell stop by ahead of the premiere of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.
Wednesday, December 18
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Mad About You's Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt stop by for a joint interview.
The Late Late Show With James Corden: Guest host Melissa McCarthy chats with Laura Dern and Mark Duplass.
Friday, December 20
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Eddie Murphy stops by ahead of his SNL hosting gig.