As a former high-profile member of the House of Representatives, Trey Gowdy was a big hire for Fox News, which hired him earlier this year as a contributor.
But, as Gowdy joins President Trump’s team as an outside legal counsel, the network is separating from him.
On Wednesday, a Fox News spokesperson sent a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that read, “Trey Gowdy has been terminated and is no longer a contributor.”
Anchor Melissa Francis announced the president’s appointment and mentioned to viewers that Gowdy “was” a Fox News contributor. He will now be helping the president face down an impeachment inquiry.
It was first reported on Tuesday that Gowdy was in talks to join the president’s outside legal team, but the network waited for signed confirmation to officially confirm the appointment before it could announce his departure.
Axios reported Wednesday morning that Gowdy “is expected to appear on TV to advocate on behalf of the president.”
Television networks covet former politicians to provide on-air analysis as contributors, but generally cut ties with them if they re-enter the political fray.