The claim: Fox News fired Laura Ingraham
A May 17 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) claims Fox News let go of one of its main anchors.
“Laura Ingraham was just CANNED at Fox News,” says the post.
It garnered more than 500 shares in nine days. Similar versions of the claim have been shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Our rating: False
The network confirmed it hasn’t fired Laura Ingraham.
Ingraham still hosts Fox show
A Fox News spokesperson told USA TODAY the claim is false.
“Laura Ingraham, the top-rated woman in cable news, is now and will continue to be a prominent host and integral part of the FOX News lineup,” the spokesperson said in an email, echoing a statement given to other media outlets.
Ingraham’s show, “The Ingraham Angle,” is still listed on the network’s website, and transcripts for each episode are still being regularly uploaded.
Ingraham continues to share clips of her show on Twitter, where her bio says, “Host, The Ingraham Angle, 10p ET @FoxNews.”
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The claim appears to have originated with a May 17 story from the Drudge Report website, according to Poynter. Following former anchor Tucker Carlson’s departure in April, the website’s headline claimed Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld would be switching time slots on Fox.
The website omitted Ingraham’s name, leading readers to speculate that she had been let go by the network.
At the time, Fox responded to the online speculation by simply saying, “No decision has been made on a new primetime line-up and there are multiple scenarios under consideration.”
USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the post for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
The claim has also been debunked by Reuters.
Our fact-check sources:
Fox News spokesperson, May 26, Email exchange with USA TODAY
Fox News, accessed May 26, Fox News Shows
Fox News, accessed May 26, Transcript
Twitter, accessed May 26, Laura Ingraham
Poynter, May 18, Opinion | Are major changes coming to Fox News prime time?
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