After his on-air blowup with Megyn Kelly Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich may be getting the cold shoulder from Fox News Channel.
The former Speaker of the House was supposed to be a guest on Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” morning show, but he did not appear on the program, which aired just hours after a bizarrely heated exchange between Gingrich and Kelly on live TV. The longtime GOP leader accused the anchor of being “fascinated with sex” in the ongoing scandals over Donald Trump and his treatment of women.
“He was canceled,” a person familiar with the situation told TheWrap, referring to Gingrich’s appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment, and a rep for Gingrich did not return an email seeking comment.
However, Gingrich is slated to appear on Sean Hannity‘s Fox show on Wednesday night. That appearance was booked before his spat with Kelly, though, and it’s unclear whether Gingrich will get much airtime on Fox News going forward.
The spat was remarkable even by this election cycle’s standards. When Kelly began to speculate what it might mean if Trump is a “sexual predator” following allegations that he groped and harassed women over the years, Gingrich interrupted: “I’m sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory — that’s not true.”
He added: “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.”
Kelly objected to Gingrich’s characterizations and ended the interview a short time later. “You can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker,” she said. “Thanks for being here.”