This week, former Fox News host Dan Bongino disclosed the reason behind his departure from the network in an emotional interview with SiriusXM and former Fox News star Megyn Kelly.
Additionally, he opened up about his battle with cancer in 2020 and shared his journey of overcoming those challenges. Bongino’s revelations shed light on significant aspects of his life and experiences.
During an extensive interview on “The Megyn Kelly Show” on Friday, Bongino discussed his departure from Fox News, which occurred in late April. The timing of his departure, coinciding with Fox cutting ties with top-rated host Tucker Carlson, caused confusion among many.
Bongino clarified that he left the network due to a divergence in the vision for his show, indicating that there were differences in the direction both parties wanted to pursue.
“I think a lot of people think this may be some kind of anti-Trump thing. I gotta say — that wasn’t my case,” Bongino said.
“I was not targeted. My show, they were dying to re-up — we negotiated for an entire year. So I can’t tell you like, ‘Oh, Fox got rid of me,’ because they didn’t. The liberal jerk wads are gonna go, ‘Oh Dan Bongino was fired.’ I just give them the middle fingers. It’s just stupid,” Bongino told Kelly.
“I negotiate my own deals. I don’t have an agent. I do my own business deals. I don’t need any, I do my own business. They wanted the show. I just had a different vision for my role at the network and that’s okay. I’m not the Saturday guy, Megyn, I’m sorry I can’t work six days a week. I’ve got young kids and I’m not working six days a week. And even though we recorded the show on Friday, you know, the inside baseball of Fox, what happens when there’s breaking news? Which with Trump out there is all the time — you gotta be on,” Bongino said.
He also said the network wanted a clause in his new contract that required him to be on call, basically, all the time to be able to react to breaking news, something he wasn’t interested in.
Next, he fought back some tears when the discussion turned to his cancer diagnosis.
“I was in a position with them where I could walk away from a show on Fox and say, ‘I’m sorry, that’s not my vision.’ And it’s different. But someone told me later that, you know, in the end, they weren’t that eager the last few weeks to make this thing work because, ‘you could be a little aggravating to work with’ and they’re not wrong,” Bongino noted further.