Fox News anchor Eric Bolling is trying to make a tough choice right now between two very different career paths.
Bolling has been, as he describes himself, a “Fox loyalist” ever since he joined up with them 10 years ago after leaving CNBC. When Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment scandal broke, and Fox was planning out replacements for his coveted 5pm time slot, Fox announced that Bolling was going to take over and carry the torch for conservatives.
What’s happening now:
Eric Bolling is now facing a new choice: does he stay with Fox on a multi year contract, or does he try his hand at running for senate.
Bolling has expressed frustration with some of those in the Republican party, saying that “A lot of Republicans run as conservatives only to be elected, and we find out they’re not conservative at all.”
“It’s a strong, common-sense conservative voice that I think we need to continue going forward,” Bolling stated. “I think it’s important for Republicans and conservatives to have a strong right wing conservative common sense voice highlighted and [Fox is] giving me that opportunity, to their credit, and I’m thankful for that.”
Bolling has been an avid supporter of Trump from the beginning, and he just published a book titled “The Swamp: Washington’s Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It.”
With his background, he could run for office in a few places, according to Politico:
Bolling, who grew up in Chicago and went to college in Florida, declined to specify which Southern state’s Senate seat he’d run for, which senator he would challenge or even when it would happen (it could be “never” or when his current contract runs out in three years, he said). He also denied he’s taking any concrete actions to run, including speaking with consultants – “no, no, friends” he said when asked if he’s had conversations about planning a campaign. But shortly after discussing his possible future in politics, Bolling began expanding on his “Wake Up America” monologues, sounding every bit the politician.
When he was replacing Bill O’Reilly on Fox, some people made sure to recognize his successes:
During Bolling’s farewell from his former show, “The Five,” then co-host Bob Beckel congratulated Bolling on getting his “own show, which you’ve wanted and you deserve it.”
One week later, Fox announced the show as an ensemble, named “The Fox News Specialists,” with Bolling flanked every day by two female co-hosts: Eboni Williams and Katherine Timpf.
A Fox News spokesperson said that despite the original announcement, nothing had changed in the interim.
“The plan for the 5 p.m. hour was for it to always be an ensemble program,” the spokesperson said.
Bolling brushed off questions about what may have changed, citing the upheaval at the network as it quickly reworked its shows in the wake of O’Reilly’s departure.
“Remember there was a lot going on at the time the company decided to part ways with Bill O’Reilly,” Bolling said. “That same day they decided to put ’The Five’ at 9 p.m., to move Tucker Carlson to 8 p.m. and I was asked to stay at 5 p.m. and develop the audience.”
Would you like to see Bolling run for office?