Who is captaining the ship at Fox & Friends Weekend? This past weekend, Ainsley Earhardt, Adam Housley; and Clayton Morris introduced themselves to the viewers. (They are respectively a sweet, Southern blond beauty; a smart, subdued West Coast chap, and an energetic, overly familiar Philly fellow.) However, they failed to announce whether they were the latest co-hosts or substitutes.
This is not an unfamiliar tack for FNC. When, mercifully, “that face, that face” Linda Vester was shipped out, this faithful viewer found out over the Internet (MediaBistro, I think). When Julian Philips, the “Bryant Gumbel” of cable news, left F&F Weekend and was replaced by Kelly Wright, one simply had to wait to see if the replacement was permanent. When the gorgeous, gammy Kiran Chetry was ignobly shown the door, FNC neglected once again to inform the viewer. (Perhaps, they feared a mass defection to CNN: Kiran is now a co-host on American Morning in direct competition with Fox & Friends.)
Who knows if this past weekend’s co-anchors are new or temporary? The usual lineup of Kelly Wright, Greg Kelly, and Page Hopkins is seldom engaging: they lack a natural rapport among themselves and the viewers. Formerly, Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, a dynamic duo that imbued the news with a racy, fun flavor, hosted the show: the popular couple moved to parent FOX network’s morning show as co-hosts. Then Kiran Chetry, Alisyn Camerota, and Julian Phillips, a trio of two sexy, flirty femme fatales and a smug egocentric, took over. If Ainsley et al have replaced the latest team of Hopkins and the Kelly boys, they will have to work to return the show to its former must-see status. A weekend news show cannot take itself too seriously nor exclude its viewers from the table.