Firebrand pundit Dan Bongino admits ‘the timing’s not great’ as he leaves Fox after 10 years

Fox News and popular right-wing radio and television host Dan Bongino have ended their relationship after ten years, Bongino said on his podcast Thursday.

The pro-Trump firebrand had been the host of ‘Unfiltered’ on Fox News and ‘Canceled in the USA’ on Fox Nation.

He announced on his podcast Thursday that he had already departed the network, but that there is no ‘big conspiracy theory’ or ‘acrimony.’

‘Regretfully, last week was my last show on Fox News Channel,’ said a somber looking Bongino.

‘The show ending last week was tough. It’s not some big conspiracy theory, I promise you. There’s no acrimony … We just couldn’t come to terms on an extension. That’s really it,’ he said. 

‘I really enjoyed myself there. They were good for me for ten years … It’s a sad day. They did give me the opportunity to do one last show, I don’t want you to think they showed me the door. That’s on me, not on them, but I thought it was best to go this way for now.’

Dan Bongino announced his surprise departure from Fox News on Thursday, saying that he and the company had been unable to successfully negotiate a contract extension

The host repeated his claim that Fox had offered him an opportunity to do a final show this coming weekend, but he declined.

Fox News host Lawrence Jones’ show ‘Lawrence Jones Cross Country’ will air in place of Bongino’s show this Saturday. The network said it will announce a new schedule in coming weeks.

Bongino’s show, which aired Saturdays at 9pm eastern was a success for the network. The final episode drew 1.18million viewers and ranked as the highest-rated show of the day.

Unfiltered was the top show in prime time with 1.3million viewers and 134,00 viewers in the key demographic.

‘We were the number one show 90 percent of the time. We had a great team,’ said Bongino. ‘You’re going to read a thousand left wing articles about some nonsense, and I’m guaranteeing you on my reputation, it is all made up. It’s a simple contract thing, and that’s it. It is no more complicated than that.’

In a statement, Fox News wished their former host well: ‘We thank Dan for his contributions and wish him success in his future endeavors.’

The Bongino breakup comes on the heels of Fox News agreeing to pay Dominion Voting Systems a $787million settlement in a defamation suit.

Referring to the optics of the split’s timing, Bongino said, ‘the timing’s not great.’  

Earlier this week, Fox News  agreed to pay Dominion Voting Systems $787.5million in an 11th-hour settlement, averting a defamation trial about the network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

Dominion had accused Fox News of repeating conspiracy theories regarding Donald Trump’s defeat to Joe Biden, and filed a $1.6 billion lawsuit against the network.

Dominion lawyer Justin Nelson said in a news conference that Fox is paying $787,500,000 to settle the defamation case, a number which he says ‘represents vindication and accountability.’

‘Lies have consequences,’ he said.

The host told his audience to pay no mind to rumors that his exit was 'acrimonious' or had anything to do with the recent Dominion Voting Systems settlement, thought he admitted the optics were bad

The host told his audience to pay no mind to rumors that his exit was ‘acrimonious’ or had anything to do with the recent Dominion Voting Systems settlement, thought he admitted the optics were bad

The network said in a statement: ‘We are pleased to have reached a settlement of our dispute with Dominion Voting Systems. We acknowledge the Court’s rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false.

‘This settlement reflects Fox’s continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards. We are hopeful that our decision to resolve this dispute with Dominion amicably, instead of the acrimony of a divisive trial, allows the country to move forward from these issues.’

The agreement to end the case avoided what most experts suggested would have been a damaging, high-profile trial for the channel in which owner Rupert Murdoch and primetime stars like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity would have been compelled to testify in open court.

Now Dominion marches on with lawsuits against right-wing network Newsmax as well as Trump allies Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Mike Lindell.

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