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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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Clay Travis Criticizes Simone Biles for Withdrawing From Gymnastics Final

Travis criticized Biles’ decision, noting that he felt terrible for her teammates and the alternates who would have stepped up and took her spot.

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Talk radio host Clay Travis is speaking out about the Tokyo Olympic Games and the decision by Simone Biles to withdraw from the gymnastics final.

Travis appeared on the Fox News program Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday night.

“I think this is a massive issue for the U.S. Women’s gymnastics team that she has decided to quit in the middle of competition,” Travis said. “I have never seen this happen, I don’t think it’s heroic, and I don’t think she should be praised for it.”

Several vital figures came to the defense of Biles, including U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland, who said that she was proud of Biles as a person and an athlete.

Travis criticized Biles’ decision, noting that he felt terrible for her teammates and the alternates who would have stepped up and took her spot.

“If she did not want her spot, she should not have started the competition,” Travis said. “I think quitting during the middle of the competition is the foundational effort level that we expect from all of our Olympic athletes; we want them to give their all.”

Travis co-hosts the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, which is heard on more than 400 affiliates nationwide and distributed by Premiere Networks. 

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Jessica Brown Leaving FOX19 in Cincinnati for Boston

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Jessica Brown has hosted on FOX19 in Cincinnati since 2012.

She recently took to social media and announced that she is leaving WXIX-TV for a new opportunity at WCVB-TV in Boston.

“After 9 years, this will be my last week at FOX19. (So crazy and tough to say) I’ve loved spending my mornings with you, laughing with you and even embarrassingly crying with you, but most importantly sharing with you what’s important and happening in your communities,” she said on her personal Facebook Page.

“It’s bittersweet for sure- If you know me at all you know I’m a believer in being open to the unexpected and really just leaning in and going for it. I’m heading to to Boston, MA for an amazing opportunity at WCVB.”

Per the report, she will co-anchor the noon and 4pm news broadcasts.

Her broadcast career thus far has brought her to Missouri, Atlanta and Cincinnati.

FOX19 has yet to announce a replacement. Brown’s final broadcast is set for Friday.

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Rooting Against Team USA?

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Grant Stinchfield, a host on Newsmax, didn’t mince words as he claimed to be “happy” that Team USA Women’s Soccer and Men’s Basketball lost their Olympic openers in Tokyo.

The self-proclaimed ‘#MAGA Champion’ according to his Twitter bio said he was openly rooting against “Megan Rapinoe and her merry band of America-hating female soccer player.”

He continued by calling Team USA Men’s Basketball a “collection of whiny over-paid social justice warriors,” and a “bunch of anthem kneelers” who are “very hard to root for.”

Justin Baragona – a contributing editor for The Daily Beast – had to recap online.

Baragona pointed out that it wasn’t just Newsmax celebrating America’s defeat either.

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