Fox & Friends Weekend for the second consecutive weekend is apparently rejiggering their cast of co-anchors. Ainsley Earhardt and Clayton Morris returned but Adam Housley did not: in Housley’s place, was Greg Kelly, a member of the Page Hopkins and Kelly boys F&F Weekend team. Once again the co-hosts introduced themselves but failed to state their status, i.e., substitutes or replacements. Since they failed to mention Kelly Wright and Page Hopkins’ absence once again, it seems rather reasonable to assume that Fox & Friends Weekend has ousted the two. (Kelly Wright’s co-hosting of FNC’s Saturday 2008 You Decide two hours later today is further evidence of his removal from the F&F Weekend roster.)
When Fox News lost Kiran Chetry to CNN, F&F Weekend lost its morning magic and it has been struggling ever since to regain its footing. Courtney Friel, entertainment correspondent and masculine Maxim girl, was brought in on an apparent trial basis without success. (Aimsley Earhart even made an appearance with the old team that did not quite work.) When Page Hopkins joined the ensemble, it then had a preaching singer (Kelly Wright), a sexpot wannabe (Page), and an uncomfortable Scud Stud II (Greg Kelly). The interaction seemed more than a bit forced and they failed to adequately solicit input from the viewers.
Now it appears that their New Yorker G.I. Ken is now surrounded by a sexy, Southern belle and a witty West Coast wag. With its current monopoly on comparable cable weekend morning news programs, F&F Weekend probably feels safe to restructure its program without admitting it to its most loyal viewers. However, it cannot count on more casual or TiVo viewers who may turn away or fastforward without a more personal connection to its co-hosts.