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Judge Jeanine Pirro is back on Fox News after serving a suspension for making islamophobic comments about Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar earlier this month.
Her show, Justice w/ Judge Jeanine, aired for the first time on Saturday night since March 9, when she questioned whether Omar’s practice of wearing a hijab is antithetical to the U.S. Constitution. The show did not air on March 16 and March 23.
Though Pirro didn’t personally address her absence, guest Rudy Giuliani did not shy away from congratulating her on her return. “It’s an honor to be with you again,” he was quick to tell her. “You know what I think of you and your entire career. You’re a crusader for justice.”
Guiliani also reiterated that he’s glad Pirro is back on the air because she encompasses the “common sense” needed in this country: “At this time that our country is in trouble, we need your common sense voice. We need you.” Pirro simply smiled and replied, “Thank you” without adding anything else.
Pirro was suspended for her comments, but the network never announced nor acknowledged the disciplinary action. “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” Fox News said March 10 in a rare statement of disapproval.
President Donald Trump, who has been friends with Pirro for decades, said Wednesday night in a Fox News interview, “I hope she’s back soon,” to which host Sean Hannity replied that she indeed would be back Saturday.
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said he was “surprised” by Pirro’s suspension during an interview on One America News Network this week. “I know Jeanine, and I know she was hurt by it,” he said.
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