According to a Friday report, Fox News has canceled Lou Dobbs Tonight and the popular host is not expected to return to the network. 

The Los Angeles Times reports.

Dobbs’ program, which airs twice nightly at 5 and 7 p.m. Eastern on the Fox Business Network, will have its final airing Friday, according to a Fox News representative who confirmed the cancellation. Starting next week, the program will be called “Fox Business Tonight,” with rotating substitute hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman, who filled in for Dobbs on Friday.

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[P]eople familiar with discussions say the decision to end Dobbs’ program was under consideration before the legal issues with Smartmatic arose. (Fox News said it stands by its 2020 election coverage and will “defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”)

“As we said in October, Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business,” A Fox News spokesmen said in a statement obtained by the Times. “This is part of those planned changes. A new 5 p.m. program will be announced in the near future.”

Former President Donald Trump released a statement on the cancelation of Dobbs’ show, saying: “Lou Dobbs is and was great. Nobody loves America more than Lou.”

“He had a large and loyal following that will be watching closely for his next move, and that following includes me,” Trump added. 

The sudden cancellation of Dobbs comes after voting systems company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News and hosts Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro, and Maria Bartiromo. Smartmatic claims that Fox News aired untrue comments about the company that caused both financial and defamation damage. Dominion Voting Systems, another voting software system, recently sued Rudy Guiliani and Sidney Powell for $1.3 billion over their false voter fraud claims.

Fox News continues to say that the voting systems company’s claims against it are meritless.

  1. Erik Connolly represents Smartmatic, who has in the past won a large settlement in a American media defamation case, at least $177 million, according to a report on ABC News describing a company’s beef product as “pink slime.”

Connolly said in an interview “Very rarely do you see a news organization go day after day after day against the same targets. We couldn’t possibly have rigged this election because we just weren’t even in the contested states to do the rigging.”

Smartmatic’s lawyers demanded a retraction in December and Fox aired a “fact-checking segment” with an election technology expert. The expert goes on to say that there was no evidence of voter fraud, something Fox News already the company claims.