Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Tuesday she will be joining Fox News’ daytime “Outnumbered” program as a regular co-host.
Shortly after leaving the White House in January, McEnany, a lawyer by education, became a regular contributor to the network, where she has obviously done well enough in the ratings to become a fixture.
“I am honored to be joining @OutnumberedFNC, @FoxNews as a co-host! I will be alongside founding anchor & talented journalist @HARRISFAULKNER and @EmilyCompagno, a truly great legal mind. I hope you’ll join us on weekdays from 12-1 PM ET!” McEnany tweeted.
I hope you’ll join us on weekdays from 12-1 PM ET!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 30, 2021
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said that McEnany will be joining founding co-host Harris Faulkner, regular co-host Emily Compagno, “and a series of rotating guests,” according to a Fox News press release.
“I am thrilled to join the incredible women of Outnumbered and look forward to working alongside the talented Harris Faulkner and Emily Compagno as we discuss the top issues impacting the country,” McEnany said.
The former Trump administration spokeswoman joined Fox News earlier this month to much fanfare, quickly becoming a regular contributor throughout the network’s daytime and primetime program lineup.
In fact, she even debuted on Faulkner’s show.
“It is my distinct pleasure today to welcome Kayleigh McEnany to the Fox family. We will be seeing much more of her in the future,” she said at the time.
According to Nielsen Media Research, Outnumbered — a show featuring four female co-hosts and one male guest — is number one throughout cable news in its 12 p.m. EDT timeslot. Since premiering in 2014, the show has doubled in viewership.
“The show ranked among the top 15 programs in total viewers in 2020, notching its highest-rated year ever with 2 million viewers, while also garnering 338,000 in the coveted 25-54 demographic,” Fox News said in its statement.
Believe it or not, McEnany once served as a political analyst at CNN but got her start in media as an intern at Fox News before she attended law school at Harvard University. She also has an international politics degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and she studied politics and international relations at Oxford University.
Even as she served as the White House press secretary, McEnany also took on the role of National Press Secretary for Trump’s 2020 campaign.
“Before joining the Trump campaign, McEnany held the title of national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. She got her start in politics as an intern for former Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and later, in the White House Office of Media Affairs during President George W. Bush’s administration,” Fox News’ press release added.
During her debut interview on Fox News, her first after leaving the White House, McEnany praised the former president for helping to expand and build out the Republican Party in an unprecedented way.
“He got the highest percentage of the black vote of any Republican candidate running for national office in 20 years, highest percentage of the Hispanic vote of any Republican running for office in 16 years. He has made this party more inclusive, more expansive, more welcoming. And I think that Republicans on the Hill who are quick to say that Trump doesn’t have a place in the party need to look at the numbers,” she told Faulkner.