“Lou Dobbs Tonight”, a program on Fox News hosted by 75 year-old business journalist Lou Dobbs has been cancelled, says Fox Corp Fox Business Network.
News of the cancellation came one day after Dobbs was named as a defendant in a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed by voting machine maker ‘Smartmatic’, which argued that three Fox hosts including Dobbs “falsely accused” the company of helping to rig the election against former President Donald Trump. Other Fox hosts named in the complaint are Maria Bartiromo, host of “Mornings with Maria” and Jeanine Pirro who hosts “Justice with Judge Jeanine”.
According to Fox, the cancellation of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” was already in discussion long before any lawsuit was filed. Dobbs had no comment on the matter.
“As we said in October, Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business,” a spokesperson for Fox News stated. “This is part of those planned changes.”
The network disputed Smartmatic’s claims, saying that “Fox News Media is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion. We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”
The lawsuit also targets lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell in it’s 276 page complaint, stating that they “created a story about Smartmatic” and that “Fox joined the conspiracy to defame and disparage Smartmatic and its election technology and software.”
Smartmatic’s suit follows two others filed last month by Dominion Voting Systems against Mr. Giuliani, the other against Ms. Powell.
Smartmatic is requesting a jury-trial.