E. D. Hill Unceremoniously Booted from FOX & Friends
Reported by Marie Therese - September 24, 2006 -
On Friday, September 22nd, FOX News Channel issued a perfunctory press release, stating that E. D. Hill would "anchor FOX News Live from 10 AM-12PM/EST beginning Monday, September 25th." The release continued, saying "Most recently, Hill served as co-host of FNC's signature morning program FOX & Friends, where she interviewed such noteworthy personalities as First Lady Laura Bush, Senator John Kerry, Senator John McCain and celebrities such as Halle Berry and Orlando Bloom. Hill was also instrumental in FNC's breaking coverage of the events on the morning of September 11th." Whoa there, pardner! There was absolutely no warning of this move. Friday's show proceeded as usual. Neither Steve Doocy nor Brian Kilmeade made any mention of the fact that Gretchen Carlson will take over Hill's responsibilities. Hill herself showed no sign that she even knew she was being replaced.
Although there have been rumors of stress on the F&F set for several months, never once did it enter my head that it would be E. D. Hill who would get the ax! In fact FOX spent a lot of time and effort promoting the entire show with its summertime contest, which received hundreds of thousands of entries (including several from yours truly).
It would seem that FOX News management has no difficulty pulling the rug out from under its employees. Julian Phillips, a host of FOX & Friends Weekend was dumped in July with no warning. Now the same thing has happened to E. D. Hill, a high-profile and loyal employee, who's hosted F&F since 1999. Her bio has disappeared from the FOX & Friends web page, replaced by that of Gretchen Carlson, the new member of the F&F team.
At the very least after seven years hosting a show and carrying water for the FNC bosses one would have expected a rousing send-off, complete with pre-announcements, funny reminiscences, a cake, lots of hugs and tears, the same kind of thing that the hosts of the now discontinued Dayside program indulged in recently.
Instead, it is hard to imagine from her demeanor on Friday that Hill even knew she was being "demoted".
As for Gretchen Carlson, before embarking on her TV career, she was crowned the 1989 Miss America, having played classical violin in the talent eliminations. In 1990 she graduated with honors from Stanford University. After stints in various small-town media outlets, she joined CBS News and worked as a news correspondent until moving to FOX News in 2005.
It will be interesting to see how the FOX & Friends audience reacts on Monday the 25th when the announcement is made that Hill will no longer be a member of the familiar crew.