Fox newscaster and Outnumbered host Harris Faulkner has been working for the conservative network since 2005 and has garnered quite the following for herself over the years. After a recent shake-up at Fox, it looks as though Harris is going to be experiencing some shifts within her famed programming which include bringing on a new host! Here's what we know.
What happened to Harris Faulkner? 'Outnumbered' hired Kayleigh McEnany as co-host.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has been tapped to join Harris on Outnumbered, a move made as part of the series of massive shake-ups the network implemented since President Biden took office. The Harvard grad gained a cult-like following among conservatives during Trump's term and is now looking to translate her political prowess into daytime television.
Kayleigh's started her new role on Outnumbered on April 6, 2021.
In January of 2021, Fox announced it was revamping its daytime lineup — and that was maybe a bit of an understatement. Martha MacCallum’s The Story moved from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m., Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino took over America's Newsroom, and Sandra Smith moved to a new show (America Reports), where she is now joined by former White House correspondent John Roberts. Obviously, that's a lot of changes, but they're not the only ones.
Harris's anchoring duties also changed up a bit. She has always hosted Outnumbered starting at noon but is now anchor the 11 a.m. slot with a new show —The Faulkner Focus — in addition to Outnumbered. The changes went into effect starting on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.
Back in June of 2020, Harris Faulkner called out former President Donald Trump for posting a bigoted tweet.
Harris doesn't just comment on the headlines; she has made them several times throughout her career. Back in June of 2020, she did so after she called out Donald Trump for posting a racist and highly disturbing tweet.
During an exclusive interview, the journalist asserted that former President Trump had failed to acknowledge the broader-scale implications of the phrase, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
"So, that's an expression I've heard over the years," former President Trump said, according to the interview transcript available on Factba.se.
"Do you know where it comes from?" Harris asked.
"I think the Mayor of Philadelphia [...]" went former President Trump's wavering response.
"No. It comes from 1967. I was about 18 months old at the time [...] But it was from the chief of police in Miami. He was cracking down, and he meant what he said. And he said, 'I don’t even care if it makes it look like brutality I’m going to crack down, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.' That frightened a lot of people when you tweeted that," Harris pointed out.
Former President Trump tried to clarify his position, insisting that the phrase can be attributed to Frank Rizzo, an ex-police officer who served as the Mayor of Philadelphia between 1972 and 1980.
"Well, it also comes from a very tough mayor, who might have been police commissioner at the time, but I think mayor of Philadelphia named Frank Rizzo," former President Trump asserted.
Somewhat confusingly, he went on to defend himself by saying that the phrase has two separate meanings.
"It means two things – very different things. One is, if there's looting, there's probably going to be shooting, and that's not as a threat, that's really just a fact, because that's what happens. And the other is, if there’s looting, there's going to be shooting. They're very different meanings," former President Trump reasoned.
Harris received a great deal of applause from viewers, with many on Twitter thanking the journalist for exposing the president's reluctance to address the historical context surrounding his incendiary tweet.
"What about Harris Faulkner? She is the only one I've really seen ask really good questions, none of which are bias[ed] or ridiculous. They are straight to the point, very professional. I personally wish we had more reporters like her," tweeted one person.
"So proud of Harris Faulkner (from Minneapolis!) for calling out @realDonaldTrump. She so far outclasses Trumpy that he hasn't got a chance! Trump has nothing to boast about here -- he's done NOTHING!" wrote somebody else.
Harris has earned high praise for her vast journalistic expertise on numerous occasions in the past. In a recently published exclusive with People, she also shed light on why racial injustice and the spread of the coronavirus are affecting everyday people.
"I [...] think we hyperventilate out of panic because we know that people are in the streets, shoulder-to-shoulder, some of them yelling and coughing and sneezing from chemicals thrown in the air as the rioters don't disperse [...]" she said.
"Then you have 40 million people out of work and they hyperventilate because they're losing their homes [...] so when you look at that, you think we need to collectively take a moment and breathe easy, but there's no time," she added.