Fox Business Confirms Host Trish Regan on ‘Hiatus’ Amid Virus Coverage

Host made controversial remarks about the coronavirus days before
By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in New York. He covers breaking news.
March 15, 2020Updated: March 15, 2020

Fox Business said that the show hosted by Trish Regan will be placed on hiatus for the time being amid the network’s coronavirus coverage.

“Fox Business’s prime-time programs Trish Regan Primetime and Kennedy will both be on hiatus until further notice,” the network said in a statement, also referring to host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery.

The network said the changes were made due to staffing related to the pandemic coverage.

“Due to the demands of the evolving pandemic crisis coverage, we are deploying all resources from both shows for staffing needs during critical market hours. Fox Business will run long-form programming in prime time for the foreseeable future,” the statement said.

Earlier this month, Reagan made what many deemed was a controversial comment about Democrats and the “liberal media,” saying the two were trying to use the coronavirus epidemic for political ammunition against President Donald Trump.

“We’ve reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at [Trump] is nearing a crescendo” as Democrats blame him for the epidemic, she wrote on Twitter on March 10. She said the criticism was “yet another attempt to impeach THE PRESIDENT” over a virus that emerged in China.

Some critics said that she should be removed from Fox Business over what she wrote.

People wait in line to go through the customs at airport
People wait in line to go through the customs at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, on March 14, 2020. (Austin Boschen via AP)

Reagan later wrote that her show is on hiatus but didn’t mention her previous comments about Trump, Democrats, and the virus.

“I want to let everyone know that Trish Regan Primetime is now on hiatus. FBN has taken prudent steps to limit staffing levels and is prioritizing its coverage during market hours. I fully support this decision — we all must to do our part to keep our colleagues safe,” she said.

Fox Business, which is a subsidiary of Fox News, did not mention her coronavirus remarks in its statement and only referred to staffing.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, more than 3,200 people have tested positive for the virus, and more than 60 people have died in the United States. The virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China, last year, causes the COVID-19 disease which includes symptoms of a dry cough, respiratory problems, and a fever.