Most people who watch Fox News are well-aware of the liberal hosts who use their shows to bash President Donald Trump.
But things kicked up a notch last week when left-wing anchor Shepherd Smith quit from his role as Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor of Fox News’ breaking news unit.
In his absence, anchors Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer, and John Roberts are among the Fox News Channel news anchors who will do a stint in the 3 p.m. hour.
But rumors are swirling that one of the most famous voices in conservative media could replace Smith: Rush Limbaugh.
The rumors are gaining so much traction that Limbaugh addressed them on his radio program Monday afternoon.
Limbaugh said he didn’t have any desire to accept the job if it were ever offered to him, but the fact that he even acknowledged the possibility speaks volumes.
So many people want him to have a show on Fox News that Limbaugh said people have been “blowing up” his email, social media pages, and calling into his program to push him into taking over Smith’s program.
Below is a partial transcript of Limbaugh addressing the rumors:
A lot of people have said, “Rush, why don’t you, when you finish at 3 o’clock, why don’t you just turn on the camera in there and let Fox hire to you replace Shep Smith. I mean, you could segue from your show to the 3 o’clock audience over at Fox.” You know why this is being suggested, is because Shepard Smith abruptly left the network last week in circumstances that are still a bit cloudy and mysterious.
Folks, let me tell you something. I have nothing left to prove. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I have built radio stations. I have built audiences. I don’t need to prove I can do that anymore.
I appreciate the suggestions. And people were serious about it. But, I must decline.
Rush also made an interesting comment about the audience that watched Smith’s program at 3 p.m.
And the truth of the matter is that the Fox News audience at 3 o’clock — don’t tell anybody. Can you move in a little closer? The Fox News audience at 3 o’clock, it’s one of the most misunderstood — it’s not much. It’s just not much.
This seems to suggest that Rush could be contemplating the idea, but the audience for that program may not be suited for him.
Rush went from politely declining to thinking about whether he would even be a good fit for the program given Smith had a left-leaning audience who watched his program.
It was interesting to see how Limbaugh seemed to be considering the idea and was thinking out loud about whether something like that could work.
Regardless of what Limbaugh does, most are still glad to see that Smith left Fox News.
Smith quitting live on air Friday afternoon came just weeks after a bombshell report that management at Fox News are experiencing what sources called a “Trump identity crisis” over Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky back in July.
A so-called “whistleblower” filed a complaint alleging potential illegal actions took place.
On this call, Trump reportedly asked the Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over shady business dealings with a Ukrainian gas company.
This led to a major feud on-air between Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Smith.
Sources who took part in the meeting said that Fox warned Smith to stop attacking Trump and his colleagues or he could be fired.
And, two weeks after the meeting, Smith quit.
Now, arguably the most liberal anchor at Fox News is out — and a lot of people want Limbaugh to take over the program.