Fox News Taps Jeanine Pirro to Co-Host ‘The Five’

Jeanine Pirro will co-host Fox’s The Five in the afternoon, with Jesse Watters, Dana Perino, and Greg Gutfeld.

Fox News reports that the liberal co-host chair will be rotated among three regulars: Harold Ford Jr., Geraldo Rivera, and Jessica Tarlov. The chair has remained unfilled since Juan Williams quit the program in May of last year. The casting changes will go into effect on January 24.

Pirro has been a legal expert for Fox News since 2006, and she launched her own weekend show in 2011. When Pirro joins The Five, she will leave that show, since Fox is working on new weekend primetime programming.

Ford, a former Democratic congressman, became a Fox News contributor last year. Rivera joined Fox in 2001 as a journalist, and Tarlov joined in 2017 as a contributor.

The Five has become a mainstay of Fox’s programming. It was the highest-rated show on cable news in Q4, becoming the first show outside of primetime to achieve that milestone.

Pirro has been a divisive figure on Fox. She was suspended in 2019 for statements she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar, and she was sued for defamation last year, along with her employer, by electronic voting system manufacturer Smartmatic for on-air assertions that it had committed fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Fox has requested the court to reject the lawsuit.

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