Tearful Briggs Leaves F&FW

Dave: “I’m not going away! Just going somewhere else in the New Year.” Today, Fox & Friends Weekend co-anchor Clayton Morris dropped a bombshell this morning by announcing that co-host Dave Briggs is leaving their popular FNC morning weekend show. After the final half hour began with the “Shot of the Morning,” Clayton turned to Dave and their fellow co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, remarking, “I want to take a moment here because this is going to be the last time that the three of us…are going to be on the couch together. Looking down, Dave replied, “Wow! I didn’t expect you to say that: But, yeah, I am. I will be moving on.”

Tearing up, Dave continued, “I will miss the two of you more than I can speak. You’ve made me better and you’ve made the show better. You’ve been my work family!”

Growing emotional, too, Clayton interjected, stammering, “Likewise, man! It’s like a, like losing, you know, having a brother leave, you know, with a family and move on.”

Chiming in, Aly exclaimed, “We will miss you so much, Dave!”

Sentimentally, Dave stated, “I will miss you both! It’s been the best show, best job of my life. I will never have a job I enjoy more, no matter where I go.” Looking into the camera at his fans, he assuring stated, “But, you will see me. I’m not going away! Just going somewhere else in the New Year but it’s been a wonderful experience here.”

As to Dave’s departure date, Aly explained, “Dave will be through here through the end of the year: But, I won’t be working during these shows.”

Sounding as if he may be leaving Fox News to boot, Dave declared, “But, I should say thanks to…Roger Ailes, and to Bill Shine, and Suzanne Scott, and some of the people who brought me here as well. And, all the producers who have helped me out for a couple of years. But, I just, I love you guys!” Then, as FNC meteorologist Rick Reichmuth appeared in a split screen shot, Dave added, “And, Rick, Rick has been my confidante and my office mate. And, you guys are, you’re my family: I’ve never had a work family….Damn, I’m gonna miss it!”

Nodding his head for emphasis, Rick replied, “We’re gonna miss you, Dave! But, you know, the good part is you’re not moving anywhere….This is Aly’s and this is my last day with you, Dave. So, it been wonderful to have you here: And, we will miss you a ton.”

So, where will Dave be? Before his big announcement, a Twitter follower asked, “What’s with the beard cutie?”: In answer to his avatar change, Dave cryptically Tweeted, “Explanation coming soon…”

Perhaps, much more telling, in the final segment of F&FW today, Aly gave Dave multiple pairs of hosiery as a parting present, saying, “So, Dave, I don’t know if your new co-anchor is gonna want to match her outfit to your socks: But, if so, I have gotten you some possibly anchor-friendly new socks to match with her outfits.” Seemingly, confirming that he will be co-hosting a new show with a new female co-host, he answered,”I think she’s gonna love them!”

Pleading with his fans for their continued loyalty in his future endeavor, Dave subsequently Tweeted, “I will miss our viewers almost as much as Clayton, Aly & Rick. I really appreciate every one of you and hope you stick w/me in 2013…”

Good luck, Dave!

[Author's aside: Notably, on this august occasion, Dave dutifully donned his connubial band today after approximately three weeks on F&FW sans it. Bravo, Brandi!]

Update: In the After the Show Show (via J$P), Aly more definitively verified Dave new gig, saying, “You new co-anchor is such a lucky woman!”

Update2: According to J$P, the “likely destination for @davebriggstv – NBC Sports Network.” Subsequently, he RT’d @SPORTSbyBROOKS: SbB has learned NBC Sports Network is planning a daily show hosted by @MichelleDBeadle & @davebriggstv.” As further evidence, he teased, “RT @MichelleDBeadle (yesterday): Cranked out promos for my new sports show and my last Access Hollywood of the year….”

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21 Responses to “Tearful Briggs Leaves F&FW”

  1. zane Says:

    I hate to see Dave Briggs leave especially when the likes of Heraldo Rivera still there.

  2. Kathleen Says:

    You have been one of my favorites, Dave. I have watched you grow and become more comfortable. The three of you are perfect together! I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  3. motownman Says:

    What Fox SHOULD do, of course, is give the job to Ainsley. But it”ll probably go to Mike Jerrick.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Didn’t see this coming. The three of them made FFW special. My pitiful cable company doesn’t have the NBC Sports Network.

  5. Marge C Says:

    This house will miss you too. We spend many hours in the morning watching Fox News, weekends & weekdays. I am wishing you the best. I hope this move is a good fit. Best of luck.

  6. Crystal White Says:

    Nooo! Undo this please! We all love the 3 of them together. F&FW won’t possibly be the same without Dave!

  7. Roberta Holmes Says:

    Will miss you Dave – my FAVORITE F&F Weekend show host, LOVE waking up on weekends & having coffee watching you! You were always “game” for any of the zany games cooked up for you, Clayton, and Rick to compete in, and loved it that you generally beat Clayton, like on that Armed Services physical test track! Also remember when Clayton first came to F&FW, he was insecurely trying to “one up” you & finally settled on being the show’s Techno-geek! You are the best, & hope to see you on a show SOON, will follow you on Twitter, so keep your fans posted (literally), let us know when & where to watch, and most importantly, KNOW how much your fans care for you and that we wish you, your lovely wife and baby girl all the BEST holidays and coming year as a NEW DOOR opens! GOOD THINGS ARE COMING, BE READY! God Bless!

  8. Roberta Holmes Says:

    Will miss you Dave – my FAVORITE F&F Weekend show host, LOVE waking up on weekends & having coffee watching you! You were always “game” for any of the zany games cooked up for you, Clayton, and Rick to compete in, and loved it that you generally beat Clayton, like on that Armed Services physical test track! Also remember when Clayton first came to F&FW, he was insecurely trying to “one up” you & finally settled on being the show’s Techno-geek! You are the best, & hope to see you on a show SOON, will follow you on Twitter, so keep your fans posted (literally), let us know when & where to watch, and most importantly, KNOW how much your fans care for you and that we wish you, your lovely wife and baby girl all the BEST holidays and coming year as a NEW DOOR opens! GOOD THINGS ARE COMING, BE READY! God Bless!

  9. jerziegrl Says:

    I was completely shocked by this. FFW had finally found a threesome that worked. After much trial and painful error, they found a FFW team that wasn’t awkward and hard to watch. You could tell they all really liked each other off camera too. You don’t get that feeling on the weekday crew. Sad to see Dave go.

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  11. Arlene parson Says:

    Good luck Dave….you will be missed by this household. You, Allyson and Clayton were a great match and you will be hard to replace. I certainly hope your replacement is not Mike Jerett or Juliet. Don’t like either of them. Not Fox quality.

  12. anita vanzile Says:

    Please please please don’t let the be Juliette. Her nasely voice makese wanna hand her a kleenex. Ugggggg

  13. Eileen Says:

    I agree no Juliet.. She is not a good fit for any part of the fox family…..

  14. Gayle Roy Says:

    Good luck to you and your family in this new area of your lives, you will be missed. I hope Fox can find a suitable partner for Ally and Clayton Good luck with that Fox. Thanks again

  15. Bruce Goyette Says:

    We’ll surely miss you, Dave. You added so much to the show you co-hosted. Best wishes to you.

  16. Anne Says:

    Sad news. I miss you already Dave. I can not watch NBC. Please don’t go there.

  17. Sue Fisher (@angelintheroom) Says:

    Good Luck Dave. We will miss you a lot. Perhaps Kelly Wright can come in for you. He has class and will be a good fit! Have a great life, good luck to you and your beautiful family which we have come to love and watch each of the kids be born while you also were born and grew on FFW. Best to you. We will be watching!

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  19. Carol Says:

    Sorry to see you leave F&FW you have been fun to watch, maybe they should put Brian Kilmeade in for you. He would have a great time with Alisyn and I am sure Clayton would be the next to move on. lol!! Seriously, no Juliette or Mike J. We would like to keep the quality of the show high. Good Luck to your future endevers and keep thinking Family First!

  20. Charlotte and Ralph Beurer Says:

    You are missed Dave. I thought you, Clayton and Allison were a great team. Why of why do things have to change.

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