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“Fox and Friends” Returns to the Studio

The high profile show had not aired from NYC since March 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused many daily television and radio programs to either go remote or force hosts to be in different areas of the studio. Thursday morning’s “Fox & Friends” program was the first time in over a year that the show took place in their usual couch setting.

“For the first time in — what? A year and a half? — we are back on some semblance of a curvy couch,” Ainsley Earhardt said. “We are six feet apart, and we are all vaccinated.”

“Right, gradually, we’re going to get people back in the studio as things get back to normal,” Kilmeade responded.

Last March, Fox News started shutting down live in-person production of its shows, resulting in the network “reducing the staff footprint” at its New York headquarters. Since September, Fox News has resumed taping from its studios with social distancing protocols in place.

Although there some issues in this return as one of the “The Five” co-host Juan Williams, contracted COVID-19 in early December, according to The New York Times. Nonetheless, it seems as though Fox News is ready to transition slowly back to normalcy with their production.

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MSNBC Won’t Recognize New Union Effort Until It’s Voted On

The MSNBC Union announced it was preparing to become a local chapter of the Writers Guild of America, East.

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There are over 200-plus MSNBC workers are forming a union. However, the network stated it wouldn’t acknowledge the effort until most workers vote in a secret ballot election. The MSNBC Union announced it was preparing to become a local chapter of the Writers Guild of America, East.

“We are the editorial staff of MSNBC and The Choice. Over 200 of us have signed a union petition to join the @wgaeast,” the group tweeted. “We know our contributions have earned us a seat at the table where we can advocate for a safe and fair workplace.” 

In a separate tweet, the MSNBC Union asked network executives to recognize their new chapter voluntarily. Despite these demands, MSNBC President Rashida Jones stated she respected her employees’ decision to organize. 

However, MSNBC won’t acknowledge the union until the employees vote for it in a National Labor Relations Board-supervised secret ballot election.

“I believe our employees should be able to make such an important decision through a standard election process,” Jones wrote in a statement that The Hill relaid. “It is important to give everyone who would be included the chance to understand what this would mean before making their choice.”

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The View Co-Hosts Spar Over Joe Biden’s Outburst

Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg got into a heated exchange when discussing Biden’s reaction towards a CNN reporter.

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President Biden snapped at a reporter following a press conference on his European trip this week, and the incident led to a sparring session between two co-hosts on “The View.”

Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg got into a heated exchange when discussing Biden’s reaction towards a CNN reporter. 

“Just because Trump was so bad, it doesn’t absolve Biden’s bad behavior,” McCain said. “What he just did was 100 percent Trump-y. I just think I would like a little intellectual consistency. If Trump had done that, we would be screaming at the top of our lungs … one way or another.” 

The president apologized to the media for the upheaval minutes later before boarding a plane to the United States. Nonetheless, McCain stated that the Washington, D.C. media members are probably getting “sick of” Biden not being more available or only calling on preselected journalists. 

McCain’s statements led to a back and forth spar with Goldberg. 

“It’s the press’s job to speak truth to power,” McCain said. “And just because Biden has gotten a pass so far … It is no one’s best interest to continue to treat him like it’s state TV.” 

“Yeah, the thing I never saw Trump do was apologize to anybody,” Goldberg responded. “With all due respect, I don’t care that he’s apologizing; he just embarrassed himself,” McCain said.

“I don’t care that you don’t care,” Goldberg shot back. “Well, I don’t care that you don’t care, Whoopi, so we’re even,” McCain retorted. 

“Well then, good Meghan, then you can be how you always are,” Goldberg said as she threw the show to a commercial break. “You can be how you always are!” McCain responded. 

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Fox News Anchor Rick Leventhal to Depart at the End of June

Leventhal was relocated to California by the network last year because he wanted to spend more time with his wife. The network reportedly was not thrilled about his unwillingness to fly back to New York and not report on breaking news.

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Fox News anchor Rick Leventhal is leaving the network at the end of June, according to the New York Post. Leventhal has been with Fox News for more than 20 years reporting on wars, hurricanes, and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Leventhal’s wife, Kelly Dodd, is a cast member on the Real Housewives of Orange County. It was recently announced that Dodd would not be returning for the upcoming 16th season.

Leventhal was relocated to California by the network last year because he wanted to spend more time with his wife. The network reportedly was not thrilled about his unwillingness to fly back to New York and not report on breaking news.

“When Rick came to us and asked to cease reporting breaking news nationally and remain in Los Angeles where we relocated him at his request in 2020, we understood and respected his decision to spend more time with his wife building a new life in California,” the statement from Fox News said.

Meanwhile, Dodd is blaming her co-star Braunwyn Windham-Burke for her not returning to the show. Dodd posted several screenshots on Instagram of an exchange between the pair. Dodd told her former costar, “This was your fault. We’d still be on the show if you didn’t make things so dark and ugly and brought all that political ‘woke’ BS.”

Fox News publicly thanked Leventhal for his commitment to covering the news.

“We wish him much luck and happiness in all of his future endeavors and thank him for his incredible contributions to Fox News Media over the last 24 years.”

His late day on the air will reportedly be on June 28. 

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