The Fox News Channel has suspended Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as a contributor, CNN's Brian Stelter reported Tuesday afternoon.
"Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich effective immediately," executive vice president for news Jay Wallace said in a statement to CNN. "Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich's potential selection as Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise."
"Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement" with Newt Gingrich "effective immediately." Story TK.— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1468353614.0
Gingrich is, however, expected to appear on Fox News host Sean Hannity's program later this evening.
The former speaker said on Fox News Tuesday afternoon that Trump will likely announce his choice for vice president either Wednesday or Thursday.
Newt says (just now on Fox) that VP announcement will come tomorrow or Thursday— Hadas Gold (@Hadas Gold)1468355471.0
Stelter added on Twitter he "had been planning to write about the Newt-working-for-Fox conflict for days" and asked the news network for comment this afternoon.
Backstory: I'd been planning to write about the Newt-working-for-Fox conflict for days. I asked Fox for comment about it this afternoon.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 12, 2016
Gingrich was also suspended from Fox News in 2011, as he was vying for the GOP presidential nomination.
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