When the White House announced that Press Secretary Sean Spicer would be taking on a new role, it didn’t take long for a front-runner to emerge as his replacement. Quickly, Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle’s name seemed to be at the top of everyone’s list. For a minute, her filling the role seemed like a foregone conclusion.
Guifloyle increased speculation in May when she confirmed she was in talks with the administration to take the job. However, despite the mutual interest, it appears the popular anchor has chosen to stay in her role at Fox News.
Kimberly Guilfoyle signed a multi-year contract with Fox News, indicating she would remain a host on the network rather than replace Sean Spicer as White House Press Secretary.
Guilfoyle, an outspoken defender of the president, has been with Fox News since 2006 and co-hosts “The Five.”
“I’m excited to remain at Fox News Channel, a place I have called home for many years, and to continue my role as co-host of The Five,” Guilfoyle said in a statement provided by Fox. “I very much look forward to what lies ahead.”
The decision was a big victory for Fox, as Guilfoyle’s show has been a ratings success:
Fox News said on Thursday… that Guilfoyle agreed to stay with the network for multiple years as a part of a “long-term deal.”
After working as a prosecutor, Guilfoyle was a legal analyst with ABC News. Her show, “The Five,” is one of the top-rated cable news programs and has averaged 2.5 million in total viewers.
With Guifoyle officially out, the list of candidates still under consideration is small. Among the names known to be considered are Laura Ingraham, herself a frequent Fox News contributor. In addition to Ingraham, former CNN reporter Scottie Nell Hughes has been rumored as a possible replacement.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]