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Fox News Just Hired Somebody New After All The Recent Departures

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For the first time in quite a while, this is a story in which Fox News has not fired anyone. That joke might sting a bit for the network, which has lost or let go of several high profile employees over the past year in some way or another. Today, the network announced they are bringing on Democrat Jessica Tarlov as a contributor to the channel.

Jessica Tarlov wears many hats, but her main gig entering Fox News is Senior Director of Research and Consumer Insight at Bustle Digital group. Tarlov owns and operates websites under the Bustle network umbrella and conducts proprietary surveys of her readership and millennial women as a whole. What exactly Tarlov will be doing is unclear, but prior to this she had contributed to and had appeared as a guest on the network going back as far as 2014. To date, Tarlov has appeared on Hannity, The O'Reilly Factor, and Tucker Carlson Tonight just to name a few.

Judging by the fact that her announcement referred to her as a contributor, and her past experience, I'm assuming Tarlov's duties will remain the same, although her appearance on the network may be heightened now that she is on the payroll. It's worth noting that two of the three shows I mentioned that Tarlov was a part of have been changed in some way since she last appeared on them. Fox News very publicly fired Bill O'Reilly and now his time slot is the new home for Tucker Carlson, who is celebrating his third upgrade in programming time for Tucker Carlson Tonight in a year's time. With Sean Hannity now dismissing rumors he's contemplating an exit, perhaps the network can begin to heal and rebuild once they weather another approaching storm.

While the hiring of Jessica Tarlov is definitely a bit of positive news for the Fox News Channel, the network is just coming off the news that yet another lawsuit is headed their way. Andrea Tantaros, whose first lawsuit had been tied to the channel's dismissal of both Bill O'Reilly and former CEO Roger Ailes, is filing another suit alleging some within the network may have paid others to harass her and monitor her emails. If true, this could once again string up another wave of firings for the network which has been reeling since this all began last year.

For now, let's just celebrate the fact that Fox News has the joy of hiring as opposed to firing, if only for a short while. Speaking of things getting the ax, now might be as good of a time as any to check up on your favorite shows and make sure they'll be around next season with our renewal guide. You can also see what all is coming up as far as TV entertainment via our summer premiere schedule.

Mick Joest

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.