Washington Post columnist George Will is joining Fox News, the network announced Tuesday. He’ll provide his right-leaning commentary and analysis across the channel’s shows.
“We are delighted to have someone of George’s stature join FOX News. His wisdom is enduring and his achievements are far too long to list,” said executive vice president of news Michael Clemente.
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Will is best known for his conservative commentary, though he’s also been quick to criticize Republicans when he felt it was deserved. In 2012, he called Newt Gingrich, now on CNN’s “Crossfire” but then running for the Republican presidential nomination, an embodiment of “almost everything disagreeable about modern Washington.”
It’ll be a reunion of sorts for Will and Howard Kurtz, who both worked at Washington Post and Newsweek/Daily Beast. Kurtz, who worked for WaPo until 2010, began his Sunday morning show “#MediaBuzz” in September.
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Will’s leaving his longtime panelist job on ABC’s “The Week,” which he’d held since 1981. In a statement, “The Week” host George Stephanopoulos called Will “brilliant,” adding: ” Those of us lucky enough to work with him also know that he’s a consummate gentleman. I learned from him every week, and wish him all good things.”
Will’s biweekly WaPo column, started in 1974, also runs in over 475 newspapers. It was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977.