(TheConservativeNews.org) – Former Fox News host Dan Bongino has broken his silence on the details surrounding his departure from the cable news network.
While speaking with Megyn Kelly on SiriusXM’s The Megyn Kelly Show, Bongino shared for the first time that he chose to walk away from his Saturday night show on the network out of a desire to put his family first.
“I was not targeted,” Bongino shared. “My show — [Fox News was] dying to re-up. We’ve negotiated for an entire year. So I can’t tell you that ‘Fox got rid of me’ because they didn’t.”
“They wanted the show,” Bongino reiterated, noting that he personally was negotiating his contract. “I just had a different vision for my role at the network. And that’s OK. 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? With Trump out there, it’s all the time. You got to be on.”
Bongino told Kelly that he “definitely was not fired.”
“Liberals are just making that up,” Bongino said, adding that his success with other shows and platforms afforded him the “freedom” and ability to “walk away from a show on Fox.”
Kelly responded, saying she was sure Fox News is regretting allowing Bongino to walk away in light of the ratings dip following Tucker Carlson’s departure.
“You’re one of the people they could have slid into that 8 o’clock time slot and won back over those angry viewers,” Kelly said. “So, I mean, talk about not planning out to the future when you make your employment decisions.”
“But you and I both know, Dan, the truth is 95% of the people who are on those cable news lineups right now would do anything to be in your slot or my slot right now,” Kelly added. “They want what we have. They want to get out from underneath the thumb of some of these big corporate giants who dictate what they can say.”
Bongino agreed, telling Kelly, “You are so spot on.”
“Now, having a show on Fox or Newsmax is still nice,” he added. “The advantage Newsmax and Fox still have over us is there’s a generation of 40-plus, me included, who some of us are not that tech savvy. They are used to one button.”
Bongino admitted that he thought Fox News made “an enormous catastrophic mistake” in letting Carlson go.
“For as many issues as you and I may have,” Bongino said to Kelly, “we need Fox. We need a healthy, conservative alternative. … We need them healthy. What are we going to do? Watch MSNBC or CNN?”
Bongino can still be heard on his podcast and iHeart radio show, The Dan Bongino Show, which also streams on Rumble.