Michael Wolff Takes Trump Book Tour Everywhere Except Fox News
The author has appeared frequently on MSNBC and CNN to discuss his new book. Fox is said to have barred him from appearing, though the network denied that.
Is Michael Wolff banned from Fox News?
Since Jan. 5, when Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House — the author's book exposing the inner workings of the Trump White House — came out, Wolff has been ubiquitous on news programs. He's been all over NBC and MSNBC, has done several interviews on CNN and even popped up on The View to discuss the book, which overtook the news cycle when excerpts of it first leaked on Jan. 3.
But Wolff hasn't sat for a single interview on Fox News Channel or its sibling Fox Business Network. And an informed source tells The Hollywood Reporter that Fox has issued an internal directive to not invite Wolff on the network to promote the scathing Trump book.
A spokesperson for the network denied that he was banned from appearing. "The fact is multiple shows across the network reached out to both Michael Wolff directly, and his publisher, to book him on the network," the spokesperson said. "In response, we were either ignored or told it didn’t work with his schedule."
Wolff's omission isn't too surprising. His conclusion in Fire and Fury — that Donald Trump is unstable and unworkable as president — likely won't excite the network's administration-friendly primetime lineup. In contrast, former DNC chair Donna Brazile made several appearances on the network to discuss her recent book, which was critical of Hillary Clinton.
The other explanation centers on the man who controls Fox News, Rupert Murdoch. Wolff, a columnist for THR, published a biography of Murdoch in 2010 that was poorly received by the media mogul, who still considers Wolff persona non grata.
Reached via email, Wolff declined to comment. A spokesperson for Fire and Fury's publisher, Henry Holt, did not respond to a request for comment.
While Wolff hasn't appeared on Fox News or Fox Business, he sat recently for an interview on Sky News. Fox News parent 21st Century Fox owns 39 percent of Sky. In addition, Murdoch's newspapers including the New York Post and The Sun in the U.K. have covered Wolff's book extensively.
Update, 4:29 p.m.: Statement from Fox News spokesperson added