Jillian Mele leaves “Fox & Friends First” to pursue her MBA. Carley Shimkus will replace Mele as Todd Piro’s co-host.
“Fox & Friends First” is the introduction to “Fox & Friends”. “First” airs from 4 am to 6 am on Fox News Channel (FNC).
Shimkus, who has served as a reporter for “Fox News Headlines 24/7,” will take office on Monday. She has also been used as a substitute host on Fox News shows and as a co-host for the broadcast service Fox Nation.
An excited Mele made the announcement on Friday’s show.
“Today is my last day here at Fox News,” he said. “This has been the most difficult decision I have made in my life.”
Mele joked that she was going to “sleep after 1am for the first time in 15 years.”
“I tried not to cry,” Mele said.
Well, that was a failure, but his parting was not. In the middle of Mele’s sweet goodbye, “Fox & Friends First” released a highlight roll from her time as a co-host. That probably didn’t shut down the water plant. Piro was not immune to all feelings.
See all that through video at the end of this post.
“Carley brings a wealth of experience to this nearly a decade-long position at Fox News Media and we are excited to have her join ‘Fox & Friends First,” said Gavin Hadden, vice president of morning programming at FNC, in a statement Friday. . “We wish Jillian all the best when she returns home to Philadelphia and we thank her for her outstanding contribution and dedication to the ‘Fox & Friends’ franchise.”
“I look forward to bringing the news to America every morning together with my colleague Todd Piro,” added Shimkus. “The ‘Fox & Friends’ franchise has been a leader in morning television for almost 20 years and I feel fortunate to be a part of this incredible team.”
“Fox & Friends First” is the number one cable news show in its time slot, and even beyond, in certain cases, according to Nielsen.