#FoxNews said Friday that #KimberlyGuilfoyle, a longtime co-host of the afternoon panel show “The Five,” had left the network, an abrupt end to a 12-year tenure during which she became one of the cable news channel’s most recognizable pundits.
Best known for her day job in the Fox News commentariat, Ms. Guilfoyle, 49, had become an increasingly prominent figure in Republican politics.
#PresidentTrump considered hiring her as his White House press secretary, telling allies that he was impressed with her presence on TV. (Ms. Guilfoyle stoked talk of the potential role by giving an interview about it to a paper based near her native San Francisco.) In the early 2000s, she was married to the liberal politician #GavinNewsom, now the lieutenant governor of California. She recently revealed that she is dating the president’s son Donald J. Trump Jr., a relationship that had been a source of tension with some journalists in the network’s newsroom
The cause of her departure, though, was not entirely clear.
Fox News, in a terse statement, said only that the network “has parted ways with Kimberly Guilfoyle.” But two people familiar with the circumstances of her exit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a delicate situation, said Ms. Guilfoyle had been forced to leave after questions were raised internally over inappropriate workplace behavior.
Ms. Guilfoyle, who had not appeared on Fox News since last week, could not be reached for comment. One person supportive of her, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of legal restrictions, disputed that any misconduct was involved.
She is considering a new role at #AmericaFirst, the political organization created by President Trump’s allies to support his agenda and the campaigns of candidates who share hirs worldview, the person said
Ms. Guilfoyle started her career as a prosecutor in California. She jumped to television in 2004, hosting a show on Court TV and appearing on CNN as a legal analyst. She joined Fox News in 2006, and became a co-host of #TheFive in 2011. She and Mr. Newsom, who married in 2001, were considered a political power couple until their divorce in 2006.