As the new year rolls on and the new president takes office, Fox News has confirmed they will not be renewing contracts of several prominent contributors. A network spokesperson has confirmed that conservative political commentator George Will, actress Stacey Dash, and Republican strategist Ed Rollins will not be renewing their contracts with Fox News, along with journalist Marvin Kalb and columnist Cal Thomas.
Once dubbed "the most powerful journalist in America" by The Wall Street Journal, 75-year-old George Will made headlines throughout the election cycle for his outspoken opposition to now-President Donald Trump. Will announced in June 2016 that he was leaving the Republican party and changing his voter registration status to "unaffiliated."
"This is not my party," Will said at the time. "Make sure he loses," he told GOP voters, referring to Trump. He left ABC in 2011 after 30 years with the network to join Fox News in 2013.
Actress Stacey Dash joined Fox News in 2014 as a frequent contributor on the show "Outnumbered," and endorsed Trump in March 2016. The 50-year-old, who is most recognized from her role in the 1995 movie Clueless, told Fox Business host Stuart Varney in 2016 that she would help Trump win the minority vote, and reasoned that Americans chose Trump because "they want someone who will not put up with non-sense."
Rollins, who served as co-chair of a pro-Trump super PAC, predicted Trump's win in November, telling Steve Doocy of "Fox and Friends" at the time, "I see Trump edging this thing out. I think he's got the momentum." The month before, he told Laura Ingraham it would "take a miracle" for Trump to win. The 73-year-old political commentator moved from CNN to Fox News in 2011.
The news comes after the announcement of British political Nigel Farage coming on board as a contributor for Fox. Farage led the UK Independence party from 2006 to 2009 and again from 2010 to 2016. He is an avid Trump supporter, and was ranked second in The Daily Telegraph's "Top 100 Most Influential Right Wingers" in 2013.