Fox Host Claims She’s in Talks to Replace Sean Spicer

The White House press secretary can’t catch a break.

Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.


Is Sean Spicer a dead man walking?

Nearly a week after he survived one of the most tumultuous episodes of the young Trump administration, it appears as though Spicer’s tenure as White House press secretary could be coming to an end. Kimberly Guilfoyle, the co-host of Fox’s The Five, told the Mercury News Tuesday that she is in active discussions with several White House officials about taking Spicer’s job, and she signaled she would accept the position.

“I’m a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country,” Guilfoyle told the San Jose-based paper. “I think it’d be a fascinating job, it’s a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position.”

Though she declined to go into details about her conversations with the White House, Guilfoyle described Spicer as a “patriot” and acknowledged that the role of press secretary was a “very tough position.”

In his short time as press secretary, Spicer has committed numerous gaffes in his attempts to justify President Donald Trump’s policies and erratic behavior, provoking ridicule both in the media and among White House officials. Trump has hardly kept his own disdain for Spicer a secret: According to a recent New York Times report, the president openly talks about replacing Spicer and purposely keeps him in the dark concerning major decisions, such as last week’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

As for Guilfoyle, she appears to be a good fit for the Trump White House. She has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and once suggested that Secret Service agents should “kill” rappers Snoop Dogg and Bow Wow for making disparaging comments about the president.

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.