Trish Regan, who gained notice on Fox Business Network for a primetime program that developed a specialty for heated political talk, is leaving the network, just days after the show was removed from its schedule.
Regan’s show was taken off the air earlier this month in a bid to devote more newsgathering staff to coronavirus coverage. Several other programs have been trimmed as well, but Regan had captured attention for a vociferous segment that aired earlier in March suggesting liberals were overstating the effects of the spread of coronavirus to discredit President Donald Trump. A graphic that accompanied one segment that aired read “Coronavirus Impeachment Scam.”
“Fox Business has parted ways with Trish Regan – we thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” the network said in a statement. “We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the Coronavirus crisis.”
Regan launched her program in the fall of 2018, part of a bid by Fox News Media to add more live programming to the network, which also airs an early-evening program from host Lou Dobbs, and shows focused on business news during the day led by anchors such as Liz Claman, Maria Bartiromo, Stuart Varney and Neil Cavuto.
“I have enjoyed my time at Fox and now intend to focus on my family during these troubled times. I am grateful to my incredible team at Fox Business and for the many opportunities the network has provided me. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career,” Regan said in a prepared statement.
Regan had charted a career for herself as a credible business-news journalist who logged time at CNBC and Bloomberg News. Her primetime debut puzzled some longtime followers, who noticed her focus drift more to political topics and her segments grow more strident in tone. She had told Variety in the fall of 2018 that she hoped to put a spotlight on policies that affect American wallets. “I feel very strongly that there need to be better policies directed at helping our middle class, and that’s not a left or right issue, although each political party tries to grab it and run with it,” she said.