For the last ten years, FOX News has enjoyed a late night ratings hit with Red Eye which aired at 3 AM. The show has a very devoted fan base of night owls who tuned in each night to see a humorous mix of politics and culture but the run is now ending.
Lousy News: Red Eye, One of Cable TV’s Best Shows, Gets Canceled
On Monday afternoon, without any real prior warning, the on-air talent and behind-the-scenes weirdos of Red Eye, the past decade’s most oddly compelling cable news program, were told by Fox management that their show would be euthanized this Friday. Thus ends not just the most voluminously friendly venue for Reason staffers over that time period (including at 3 a.m. ET tonight, when I will be on), but also the terra firma in a broadcast micro-climate friendly to those many of us who can’t fit neatly into the square (or round) pegs of political media. It’s a sad day, y’all…
So why was the show 86ed? Not the ratings, I don’t think—FNC is coming off the most successful quarter in cable news history, and staffers were told it wasn’t about numbers. Rather, the network said it wanted more live news at 3 a.m.
Well, color me skeptical. As a general rule I do not meddle in the affairs of cable news executives, for they are subtle and quick to anger, but the most generous interpretation of this move is that they aim to maximize the recent public explosion of public interest in political news programming, while maybe saving a buck or two.
Greg Gutfeld, the creator and original host of the show tweeted this:
salute to @RedEyeFNC fans who inspired us to do some seriously messed up shit. it was & will remain the strangest show ever to appear on tv.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) April 3, 2017
It’s the end of an era.