Anyone who thinks the "lover's quarrel" between FOX News and Donald Trump over the future of host Jeanine Pirro's show is real probably believes that pro wrestling is completely spontaneous, too. It's 100% kayfabe.
Jeanine Pirro, whose show did not air on Saturday night, was suspended by Fox News after her widely criticized commentary doubting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's patriotism, according a source familiar with the matter.
Fox did not announce the suspension publicly. The network declined to confirm or deny that Pirro has been suspended. There is no word on whether Pirro's show will return next week.
At the same time, there is no indication that she has been fired from Fox. The source said she has not been fired.
Pirro is one of the network's highest-rated weekend hosts, well known for her vehement defenses of President Donald Trump and attacks against his perceived enemies.
On Sunday morning the president returned the favor, tweeting, "Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well."
Last Saturday night Pirro questioned whether Omar's Islamic religious beliefs stand in opposition to the US Constitution, prompting Fox to say "we strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments."
The network said at the time that the views Pirro expressed "do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly" — but declined to say if she was being sanctioned in any way.
Several advertisers subsequently distanced themselves from Pirro's weekly show, called "Justice."
The show did not appear on this weekend's cable schedule guide. In its place was an unusual repeat of a documentary series.
Pirro has not said anything about taking a vacation. She hasn't tweeted since last weekend.
All this is scripted, Trump is happy to play his part, FOX News will most likely have her back next weekend, and her ratings will be way up...allowing the network to charge more for advertisers who will quietly come back. This is such an obvious rope-a-dope that it should be sickening, and the real reason is to make sure Tucker Carlson keeps his White Power Hour.
Trump needs FOX, and FOX needs Trump. It's an incestuous relationship that is destroying the country. When Trump really gets into trouble after the Mueller report lands and the NY state and SDNY cases close in on him and his family, it's FOX that be the loudest voice to broadcast armed insurrection to "protect" the Trumps.
And then it stops being kayfabe, and starts being bloody.