Skip to comments.Alan Colmes to Depart Top Rated Hannity & Colmes
Posted on 11/24/2008 10:36:20 AM PST by DCBryan1
FOX News Channels (FNC) Alan Colmes will relinquish his role as co-host of Hannity & Colmes at the end of the year.
In announcing his decision, Colmes said, I approached Bill Shine (FNCs 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. Although its bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, Im proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years.
Colmes will continue to have a presence on FNC as he will serve as a liberal commentator on a variety of FOX News programming, including Foxnews.coms The Strategy Room and continue hosting his radio program, The Alan Colmes Show on FOX Talk, a division of FOX News Radio. He will also begin developing a weekend program.
Shine said, Were very sorry to see Alan reach this decision but we understand his desire to seek other creative challenges in his career. We value his incredible hard work in making Hannity & Colmes the most successful debate program on cable news and were going to miss him on the show. Thankfully, he will begin developing a weekend pilot for us.
FOX News Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Roger Ailes added, Alan is one of the key reasons why FOX News has been such a remarkable success. Were sad to see him leave the program but we look forward to his ongoing contributions to the network.
Hannity & Colmes is the only FNC program which has remained in the same timeslot for 12 years, catapulting to number one in 2003 and never relinquishing the top spot. The second highest-rated program in cable news behind only The OReilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes averaged 3.3 million viewers nightly for the Nielsen month of October and is poised to mark 60 consecutive months at number one at the end of November.
Hannity added, Not only has Alan been a remarkable co-host, hes been a great friend which is rare in this industry Ill genuinely miss sparring with such a skillful debate partner.
Throughout his 12 year tenure on Hannity & Colmes, Colmes has interviewed numerous key political figures, including: President Elect Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), DNC Chairman Howard Dean and former Vice President Al Gore.
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, entertainment and business news. For nearly seven years, FNC has been the most watched cable news channel in the nation. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 90 million homes.
BRING IN KIRSTEN POWERS!! MUCH EASIER ON THE EYES!
That’s great news.
Just don’t bring in Bob Beckel. That guy is insufferable.
But where ever will they find another leftist idiot to take his place? /s
Obama must have hired him to fill the equivalent role of Baghdad Bob in his administration.
They finally going to bury the corpse?
Liberal commentator, I guess he means reading the media matter stories is what is meant by commentary. I always thought you had to actually think to be a commentator.
Alan, don’t let the door hit you in the ass:-()
oh no, how will sean replace the 2 viewers that tune in to hear alans opinion?
I hope the doorknob gets perminatly stuck in his backside!
ZORAK is gone???????............
Don’t let the door hit you in the a@@ on the way out Alan. He’s the reason I don’t watch that show.
I could never stand that man.
Its Hannity and Beckel time! LOL
Don’t worry, there are plenty looking for the job of Village Idiot.
He’d enjoy it......
That’s great news
Oh come on Hannity- Alan is a “skillful debate partner”???
Here is my translation: Shine said: Alan, you are out. You have been a joke on H&C and your time is up. How do you want to hand the PR?
He’d probably like that!
Alan is just bit funereal looking, don’t ya think?
He’s just a parasite on the show anyway, Hannity sets the agenda, gets the guests, etc. and Colmes just reads his talking points.
Just let Hannity have his own show like O’Reilly, he doesn’t need a counter-voice, he’ll debate his guests.
Apparently he couldn’t face defending Obama for 4 years.
Hannity and Powers
I guess he’s gonna replace Whoopi on The View............
He looks like the Crypt-keeper.
Hannity may be a cunning linguist, but COlmes has always been a master debater.
When the stock market crashed,
Franklin Roosevelt got on the television
and didnt just talk about
the princes of greed, he said,
Look, heres what happened."
-Slow Joe Biden
Right. I’ve called it “Hannity and Whatever” for years.
Or, given the new administration, should it be Powers and Hannity?
Powers would be a good choice but Hannity & Hannity would be a lot smarter. Bring in guest libs occasionally. Go it alone most of the time.
Unharmed? ;o) I’m biased but, I didn’t find his attempts at arguing the leftist perspective particularly compelling.
Beckel is the man who dropped not very subtle threats against the Republican electors in 2000. I cannot stand the man.
Longest marriages? Unharmed? What was supposed to have happened? They were supposed to get in a catfight and kill each other? What an odd choice of words. Freudian slip, perhaps?
“Just dont bring in Bob Beckel. That guy is insufferable.”
I can’t think of a liberal who isn’t.
His contribution to the show became so discusting last week that we simply turned to another channel at the first sound of his voice, and have not watched since.
Maybe Hannity could rescue that hat babe on the view and give her a shot.
He’s done a lot of damage.....I won’t miss him.
That was ‘hot’ and hasslebeck would be a big time upgrade.
Please don’t replace Colmes with any total spinmeister such as Bob Beckel. I’d also prefer someone who doesn’t read the talking points but can simply use their own arguments.
Colmes is making a “pitino/petrino” type mistake. It’s unusual to be on a top-rated program or a top-rated team. There are certain things that have to come together to make that possible. That kind of magic isn’t necessarily transferable.
This is such great news. I stopped watching H&C because I couldn’t take his childish rants anymore.
Pat Caddell is tolerable.
Actually, he and Ann Coulter are often on Hannity’s radio show together, and I think they make a good team.
Lol...ah..indeed, what a challenge, ‘cause we know they are a rare and dying breed.
FOX News Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Roger Ailes added, Alan is one of the key reasons why FOX News has been such a remarkable success..."
Roger Ailes if full of sh*t.
Oh God, please I’m just about to have a snack. Starting to lose my appetite.
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