Fox News has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the program hosted by one of cable television’s staunchest supporters of former President Donald Trump, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.
The news comes a day after Smartmatic, an election tech and software company based in Florida, sued media giant Fox News, three of its stars and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell for $2.7 billion in damages over claims made on the network that the company was part of a campaign to steal the 2020 election from Donald Trump, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The suit also names Fox personalities Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro, plus Trump-aligned attorneys Giuliani and Powell, for a “disinformation campaign” against the company.
“Dobbs’ program, which airs twice nightly at 5 and 7 p.m. Eastern on the Fox Business Network, will have its final airing Friday, according to a Fox News representative who confirmed the cancellation,” the LA Times reported Friday.
“Dobbs, 75, remains under contract at Fox News but he will in all likelihood not appear on the company’s networks again. In addition to his Fox Business Network program, he occasionally turned up on the Fox News Channel as a commentator,” the LA Times reported. “The cancellation comes a day after voting software company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News and three of its hosts — Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro. The company claims the hosts perpetuated lies and disinformation about Smartmatic’s role in the election, damaging its business and reputation.”