Skip to comments.Fox’s Red Eye Announces the Departure of ‘Repulsive Sidekick’ Bill Schulz
Posted on 11/22/2013 1:07:28 PM PST by presidio9
Early Friday morning on Foxs Red Eye, host Greg Gutfeld finally broke the silence and announced the departure of long-time repulsive sidekick and panelist Bill Schulz.
The brief announcement came after a prolonged, unexplained Schulz absence from the show.
A lot of viewers have wondered where the heck Bill Schulz went, Gutfeld said. Sad to say he has decided to move on from the show. Hes been a close friend of mine for 13 years, and hes been a huge part of Red Eye since its inception, and we wish him the best.
No further reason was given for his departure.
Schulz had been with Red Eye from its inception on February 5, 2007, until this departure, often serving as the butt end of the shows running gags and foil to host Gutfeld.
UPDATE: Mediaite received the following comment from the network, via a Fox News spokesperson:
Fox News and Bill Schulz have decided to amicably part ways.
Watch the announcement below, via Fox:
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Hope he is well.
I wonder if he will go to work for the O regime?
I’ll miss him. Its not easy coming up with wacko stuff that is also context relevant.
agreed..his views were horrid.. but it is clear from everyone who knows him, that he is a good soul... just wrong,wrong, wrong on everything.
I wondered where he was. These things are rarely “amicable.”
Any kin to Special Ed?....................
I’m not sure a lot of the things he said were actually what he believed.
Now he will get a job with the MSM where he trashes Fox News, isn’t that what usually happens?
Awww, poo. Yes he was repulsive and his humor was bizarre but I was getting used to him.
I wonder if he will go to work for the O regime?
I sincerely doubt it. Bill is a comedian who played the role of presenting the left's view. He is no kool-aid drinker, and enjoyed mocking the left just as much as he enjoyed mocking the right. Red Eye has had a significant drop off with him gone these last few weeks. Actually, it started when Greg moved Andy Levy (who is never funny and needs to lose his annoying habit of constantly staring at the camera) on to the table. He seems like a nice guy but he is hurting the show. If someone involved with the show reads the thread I need to be honest and say that I have loved Red Eye since 2002 but I probably won't watch as much unless you work very hard at finding a good replacement for Bill. And I know it won't be easy. I know this is a tough call since Andy was the one who discovered Greg, but, Andy, you are not the talent and you are hurting the show.
Awwww, that’s sad. Bill has an incredible wit, was as quick as Greg Gutfeld himself, and that’s not easy to do, and was the perfect foil for Greg. Plus he grew up in a Chicago suburb, like myself, and had that Midwestern droll sense of humor. I hope he is happy whatever he chooses to do next in life.
I kind of like him too.
I always blame Red Eye for not allowing me to sleep all night. I always fall asleep with FOX on and I usually wake up about 3-3:30 to use the bathroom. Red Eye is on and I can’t go back to sleep.
Red Eye and The 5 are my to favorite Fox shows. I think I have a thing for Greg Gutfeld.
I never got that Bill was "playing" a lefty. I always knew he was only playing along with Greg's jokes about being homeless, or smelling bad, or being a hermaphrodite; but that when he started on the lib talking points I assumed that was really him.
“I know this is a tough call since Andy was the one who discovered Greg, but, Andy, you are not the talent and you are hurting the show.”
I don’t share your feelings about Andy being detrimental in
any way to the show. He too has a good sense of humor and is very quick; his humor is just of a different sort than Bill’s is, and I’m not sure it’s fair to make a comparison between the two. They bring different viewpoints to the show. Andy is basically a Libertarian, whereas as Bill was more of a leftist. Andy is a deeper thinker on issues and therefore is a bit darker in commentary; Bill was more flight of fantasy and a free thinker, quick on the draw with the witticisms.
Andy, I might add, was in the military, and that makes me automatically fond of him. I think Andy will do just fine over time, as he acclimates himself to his new position on the show. I wonder if the show will now hire someone to replace Andy’s old job doing the halftime show, etc. And I wonder if we will ever find out the real story as to why Bill left the show.
After I noticed he was definitely gone about a week ago I started watching every night, thinking it might have been an elaborate gag -having him disappear for a while and not saying anything about it. So when Greg literally spent two sentences on it and then moved on to a video of a kitten attacking a puppy I figured there was much more to the story. If he was just getting his own show on MSNBC, no doubt they would have had some fun with it. On the other hand, Bill and Greg like to joke A LOT about drug abuse. I recognize that most of that is just jokes, but as I have some experience with that in my family, I hope for Bill's sake it's not that.
You just made my point for me. Nobody's looking for deep thoughts at 3:30 in the morning.
I share your respect for Andy's military service, but I wouldn't watch a comedy show featuring General David Petraeus either.
I did not say Bill is not a Democrat. I said he was playing a role on the show. But he was first and foremost a comedian. He frequently mocked the president, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, OWS, and any other leftist cause you can think of. That being said, of course he was the liberal. And the show needs to replace him with another one. Greg could say things to him he could not say to liberal guests without the conversation becoming antagonistic. Bill could do the same with Greg. The quality of the show has suffered without him and will continue to do so.
Andy Levy is deadpan which can work if he ever came up with a funny line, but he never does. Levy needs to be moved back to his 'commentator' position or let go. He adds nothing. Greg Gutfeld is still the center of the show but he can't carry it without some foils. I hope Schulz can be replaced with another witty improv comic that can function well in an ensemble such as Red Eye.
I’ve never appreciated that brand of “humor”.
A perfectly annoying asset to the show. Too bad.
>> Levy needs to be moved back to his ‘commentator’ position or let go
Agreed. The ombudsman role was perfect for him.
Maybe he could work on Opie and Anthony Show.
Sorry to hear the news. Never really watched RedEye all that much but the few times I did I quite liked Bill. Greg Gutfield does much better on The Five, I think, and I always thought he was outrageously funny when he was a desperate last-minute stand-in host in place of O’Reilly. Bill Schulz, if you read this, I hope you do well, mate.
“I share your respect for Andy’s military service, but I wouldn’t watch a comedy show featuring General David Petraeus either.”
Oh, now stop that. For all you know, maybe David Patreaus has a good sense of humor too in private life. Then again, maybe not. Andy to me is quick and funny, just in a different way than Bill You are right about Bill’s lightheartedness, but it would not be easy for anyone to replace him; he is unique. But he is gone, they needed to fill the chair, Andy was a logical choice, and if Andy didn’t have his own quick humor, he wouldn’t have been on the show in his prior position either. Each to their own, but I like Andy, and I like his sense of humor, different from Bill’s as it may be. But as to my original comment on this thread, I will really miss Bill. Godspeed to him.
Aww. I liked Schulz, most of the time. Didn’t agree with him, but he was a good sport and funny in his own way. Best of luck to him.
BTW, am I the only one secretly hoping to see Michelle Malkin in the Red Eye “leg chair” some day?
Actually, he is a direct descendent of one of the men who rode with Paul Revere.
He is the great-grandson of businessman Henry M. Dawes, who was the son of Civil War officer Rufus Dawes, who was himself the great-grandson of William Dawes, who famously rode with Paul Revere before the Battle of Lexington & Concord at the beginning of the American Revolution.
Too bad. I liked his brand of comedy. One of the few people that could make me laugh out loud without saying anything but just with a facial expression.
The show won’t be the same without him.
OTOH, Jedidiah Bila has been on more often.
Bill was a “do or say anything for a laugh” type of comedian, and it worked more often than not. I thought he came up with some really inventive ad-libbing. He made me laugh more than the other regulars. Gutfeld gets a little repetitive with some of the memes he does over and over again. And he’s outclassed against McGurk in their O’Reilly segment just as much as he was on Red Eye.
The all-time funniest and most brilliant guy I’ve ever seen on Red Eye is Gavin McInnes. He’s absolutely fearless and, I think, a staunch Tea Party conservative. If they give him a permanent chair than they’ll be in good shape.
They've got enough leftists and half-leftists (libertarians). They need a regular Tea Party guy on staff to balance out the left-leaning slant of the show and the best choice is Gavin McInnes.
I liked Bill.
Missed him this A.M. but I didn’t catch the beginning of the show.
Agreed that the best replacement is probably the assorted members of the McInnes family. If Greg insists on keeping Andy at the table out of loyalty, I don’t think he should abandon the ombudsman role. Mike Baker has historically done the best job as his replacement, but I doubt he wants to join the show full time. S.E. Cupp was also great in that role, but she works for the enemy now. Personally I was a big fan of Dana Vachon. The show that I believe) got him fired was my personal favorite (when he used the entire Halftime Report to ask the guests non sequiturs. Unfortunately, he burned all his bridges with Fox after he left, so I am assuming he won’t be back. Also, as far as I’m concerned, Jedidiah Bila is cute but she brings nothing to the table in terms of humor. Unless there is someone else I want to see at the table, I usually switch it off and get some sleep when she’s on.
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If these are your concerns about the show, you are entirely missing the point.
And Porch unfortunately.
Fine with me. Now they can get rid of Gutfeld and crew.
Red Eye is occasionally entertaining.
You are also missing the point.
Bring back Stacey Dash!
or record it and watch it at a reasonable time
Bring back Stacey Dash!
Though it's about the only thing I still watch on FOX News these days, Greg Gutfeld has just been mailing it in since he got his gig on the daytime version of Red Eye - - The Five
I wonder if Bob Beckel realizes that he's the daytime Bill Shultz. At least Shultz didn't take himself seriously in his role. I find The Five unwatchable (in great part because of the intellectual dishonesty of Bob Beckel and Juan Williams, et. al. - they'll just say anything and the rest of the vapid panel lets them get away with it) as most of the rest of FOX news these days but The Five is the essence of FOX NEWS - liberals who will say anything posed alongside RINOs and Tokyo Rove establishment types in a series of Jerry Springer settings
The Five is just a daytime version of Red Eye with more leg chairs - I'm just not sure the 'hosts' get that yet because they try to validate by taking themselves seriously
. Good luck to Bill Shultz he was at least honest with himself about his role ,,, that's much more than most on FOX can say these days - hey it's really all about selling soap
I didn’t realize the article had a point.
Gavin and his family are my favorite guests on Red Eye. I like Sherrod Small and Michael Moynihan, too. I wonder if Bill Schulz just got tired of Greg telling him that he was worthless and America wanted him to die, etc. That’s got to become tiresome before long.
I like Greg and his show and Bill may have been ready for a change, but when you hear something like this in politics or show business -- "Hes been a close friend of mine for 13 years ..." -- it usually means, "I hate him and I've been dying to get rid of him."
No surprise there. Missing points seems to be a habit for you. The article was about a FOX News entertainer leaving the network under mysterious circumstances. The discussion was about what makes a news parody program entertaining at 3AM. Does this help?
And you've been here long enough that I won't insult you by reminding you to RTFT before you post.
If you caught the announcement from Greg, he seemed to be making a genuine effort, but there was clearly not a lot of love in his voice.
I thought he was hilarious. He will be missed. He either got a better offer or he’s not well.