Montel Williams Gets Fired for Defending Troops on FOX and Friends

Saturday, February 2, 2008

When TV talk show Montel Williams announced he was closing up shop after seventeen years on the air, most people assumed his decision had to do with his health. Williams has multiple sclerosis.

But the end of the popular Montel Williams Show had nothing to with his health.

For just over three minutes on a Saturday morning,Williams made the cardinal error of admonishing the hosts of Fox and Friends for devoting hours of coverage to the death of actor Heath Ledger while ignoring the war in Iraq. Williams, a former Marine and Naval officer, lectured the stunned hosts on the stupidity of their program while U.S. soldiers were dying in Iraq.

It was a spectacle rarely seen on live cable television, as Montel exposed and condemned both tabloid “news” shows and much of American culture for what they have each become: shallow and greedy.

Three minutes into this awkward segment on Fox, one host cut off Montel in order to go to a commercial. Montel did not return after the break. Four days later, after 17 years as a television host, Montel lost his job.

Variety reported:

Fate of “The Montel Williams Show” was sealed when key Fox-owned stations opted not to renew it for the 2008-09 season.

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10 Responses to Montel Williams Gets Fired for Defending Troops on FOX and Friends

  1. Lorenzo E. Danielsson says:

    I guess they realized he was absolutely right, and Fox being run by overgrown children, acted as any child would be expected to react: fair, balanced and vindictive.

  2. Larry says:

    I never understood why he was appearing on Fox to begin with.

    So much for free speech.

  3. feminazi says:

    I just figured it had to do with Montel’s MS too. I just don’t understand how Fox has so much power to wield? If TV is about profit then management is cutting off a stream of profit by cancelling his program.

  4. Jim says:

    Ah, the almighty, all-knowing Fox network.
    Just goes to show what happens when the state and corporations control the media.

  5. Notorious says:

    This is some kinda’ fucked up shit.

  6. fairlane says:

    There is no Free Speech.

    You can say whatever you want, as long as no one hears you.

    Nothing in this Fucking Country is “Free.”

  7. joost says:

    Fox & Friends is a panel of winger propagandists who come on all smiley and cheery while pushing a neoconservative world view that apes the Cheney doctrine.

    It’s a dangerous and reckless show.

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  9. Jeremy Beyer says:

    Free Speech went out eh window because he saidf what noone wanted to hear. Heath Ledger was a great actor, but the troops who signed up for the military as volunteers and lost their lives defending freedom are HEROES. Why does the media spend so much time on celebrities? Brit Spears has BiPolar and is in a Psych ward. That happened to me, and it was not on the news. It’s a bunch of bullshit. Put him back on.

  10. Joe says:

    I love the show.
    I love the guy.
    Sad to know
    He was cancelled
    without a decent good bye.

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