Long-time Fox News personality Dan Bongino has opened up after he parted ways this week with his former employer.
According to Bongino, there is no animosity or any big conspiracy in play. The two just could not come to contract terms.
“Folks, regretfully, last week was my last show on Fox News on the Fox News Channel,” Bongino said on his podcast Thursday. “It’s tough. It’s tough to say that. You know, I’ve been there doing hits and working there for ten years…so the show ending was tough.
“And I want you to know it’s not some big conspiracy. I promise you. There’s no acrimony. This wasn’t some WWE brawl that happened. We just couldn’t come to terms on an extension,” he added.
Forbes recently reported that Bongino’s departure from Fox Corp. came shortly after the company agreed to pay $787.5 million in a settlement to Dominion Voting Systems.
The settlement resulted from accusations that Fox Corp. had defamed the ballot technology company by promoting baseless conspiracy theories about its involvement in the 2020 presidential election. Bongino was not expected to testify or play a significant role in the trial.
“We thank Dan for his contributions and wish him success in his future endeavors,” Fox News said in a statement. The networks intends to air “Lawrence Jones Cross Country” in place of Bongino’s program Saturday night while filling 10 p.m. with an encore of the weekday 11 p.m. program “Gutfeld!” Fox News plans to unveil a new schedule in the coming weeks, Variety reported.
Bongino said his departure was amicable.
“I really enjoyed myself there and you know they were good to me for ten years. I mean they allowed me to do a show called ‘Unfiltered,’ did what we wanted to do over there and covered the topics we wanted to cover. And it’s a sad day. It’s a sad day,” he said.
“They did give me the opportunity to do one last show. I don’t want you to think they like, showed me the door, that’s on me, not on them. But I just thought it was best to kind of go this way for now. Like I said, it’s not acrimonious. I have a great team over there,” he added.