According to new reports from Politico, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who also served as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has been banned from appearing on Fox News for several months, having only learned about the order “from the top” on the night before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
His son, Andrew Giuliani, who is currently running for governor of New York, has also been banned by the network, along with NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who is a close adviser of Giuliani’s, though he is rarely ever booked on Fox News.
Rudy Giuliani and Kerik were prominent New York City leaders on 9/11 as mayor and NYPD commissioner.
“They’re not doing us any favors,” a Trump aide went on to tell Politico.
The rejection on hosting the Giulianis “comes from the top,” sources told Politico.
Fox began distancing itself from Giuliani shortly after Trump left office and in the wake of Dominion Voting Systems’ lawsuit against the network. The suit cited Giuliani’s appearances and statements made on Fox in its $1.6 billion defamation case.
Newsmax was also sued by Dominion over its election coverage, but the network continues to have Giuliani, his son, and Kerik on as guests.
“Rudy is really hurt because he did a big favor for Rupert [Murdoch, founder of Fox News’ parent company],” a source who is close to the former New York Mayor told the outlet. “He was instrumental in getting Fox on Time Warner so it could be watched in New York City.”
Rudy Giuliani learned of being bumped from Fox News on the eve of this 9/11 anniversary, with “Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth having to call to apologize for being cut from the show, according to the report.
Kerik was also reportedly un-booked from “Fox & Friends” on September 11.
“I could not have been more disappointed with the Fox coverage on the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11,” Kerik went on to say in a statement delivered to Politico. “Then they chose to intentionally ignore Mayor Giuliani who was, and who, according to their own coverage for the last two decades, was America’s hero on the day and in the aftermath of the attack.”
“Regardless of reasoning, I think this was another demonstration of Fox’s cowering to the far left,” he added.
A source who is close to Giuliani spoke with Newsmax and stated that he and his circle are viewing the ban from Fox News as part of a larger strategy by the network to try and reduce the influence of Trump within the Republican Party.