Ex-Trump White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Named Co-Host of Fox News’ Outnumbered
- Fox News announced the new appointment of Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday
- Starting April 6, she will join Outnumbered’s founder Harris Faulkner and co-host Emily Compagno
- McEnany, 32, joined Fox News earlier this month as a political commentator on the broadcast
- McEnany served 10 months as a press secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration
- Harvard Law School alumnus McEnany got her start in the media as an intern at Fox News
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox News’ Outnumbered as a full-time co-host.
The network announced McEnany’s new appointment in a press release on Tuesday, saying the newly minted presenter will appear alongside Outnumbered founders Harris Faulkner, co-host Emily Compagno and a series of rotating panelists.
The move comes just weeks after McEnany, 32, joined Fox News as an on-air political commentator, appearing on Fox & Friends, America Reports and The Five.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox News’ Outnumbered as co-host
McEnany will appear alongside Outnumbered founder Harris Faulkner (center), co-host Emily Compagno (far right) and a series of rotating panelists.
Prior to that, McEnany had served 10 months as a press secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration.
“ I am thrilled to join the incredible women of Outnumbered and look forward to working with the talented Harris Faulkner and Emily Compagno as we discuss the key issues affecting the country, ” said McEnany in a statement from the network.
In the announcement, Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, cited McEnany’s “ unique background in politics and law, ” along with her experience as a new mom.
“We are delighted to welcome her back to FOX News, where she began her media career,” said Scott.
The move comes just weeks after McEnany, 32, joined Fox News as an on-air political commentator (pictured during a performance on Fox Business)
McEnany served as press secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration for 10 months (pictured together in September 2020)
According to data from Nielsen Media Research, as cited by the network, Outnumbered is the most watched cable news program in its 12-13 hour time slot and has also nearly doubled its viewership since its premiere in 2014.
McEnany is following in the footsteps of other Trump White House alumni, including former economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who launched a daily show on Fox Business last month, and ex-President Lara Trump’s daughter-in-law, who made her first appearance as a paid contributor on Fox & Friends on Mondays.
McEnany began her media career as an intern at Fox News and later became a production assistant before attending Harvard Law School. She also holds a degree in international politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs and studied politics and international relations at Oxford University, St Edmund Hall.
Leading up to the 2016 election, McEnany worked as a political analyst for CNN and was critical of then-candidate Trump.
Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump made her first appearance as a paid employee on Fox News on Monday
Former Trump economic economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who launched a daily show on Fox Business last month
But after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, McEnany became an ardent supporter of the 45th President of the United States and was recruited the following year to become the national spokesman for the Republican National Committee.
After working for President Trump’s reelection campaign, she was hired as White House press secretary in April 2020, replacing Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
She got her start in politics as an intern with former Rep. Adam Putnam, a Florida Republican, and later with the White House Office of Media Affairs during President George W. Bush’s administration.