Monday, November 24, 2008

Goodbye Hannity & Colmes?

Does anyone still watch this show, anyway?

Fox News host Alan Colmes will leave his role as co-host of "Hannity & Colmes" at the end of the year, the network announced Monday.

Colmes, who has co-hosted the program with Sean Hannity for 12 years, will remain with the network as a liberal commentator and will develop a weekend program, in addition to his radio show.

"I approached Bill Shine (FNC's Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network," Colmes said. "Although it's bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I'm proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years."

Hannity added, "Not only has Alan been a remarkable co-host, he's been a great friend which is rare in this industry -- I'll genuinely miss sparring with such a skillful debate partner."

Earlier this year, Colmes debuted his blog, Alan Colmes' LiberalLand.

Update: The New York Times' Brian Stelter reports that Fox News may make Hannity the sole host of the program, rather than hiring a replacement for Colmes:

I think Al Franken best summed up the "spirited debate" you could always find on H & C in his Lying Liars book by a subtle font adjustment with each mention of the show:

Hannity and Colmes.

Though I have to admit Alan was making progress and did get a few points against the bloviating Hannity now and then, this was hardly the place to find the voice of the left represented in full.

2 comments:

  1. Co-host? I always thought of Colmes as Hannity's lapdog. But you are right, Franken put it right when he changed fonts.

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  2. Now here's something we can agree on. Alan did little to advance the liberal agenda, Hannity does have control of the show, and Hannity also doesn't say too much, just the same things over and over again. I hope they improve the show for the sake of anyone who watches it.

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