Friday, July 12, 2024

UPDATE Read the Disingenuous Memo from Fox News Chief About Layoffs: Firing Hair and Make-Up People, Lowest Paid and Most Vulnerable


Fox News is starting a round of layoffs by firing the most vulnerable, nicest group in the building: hair and make up. When I was at Fox, this group of mostly women were the friendliest, most normal, and lowest paid at 1211 Ave of the Americas. So it’s not a surprise to see the Murdochs dump them first, and make them scramble for money.

From now on, Fox News says only on air talent will get hair and make up. Guests will have to fend for themselves. Sine most of the guests are right wing crazies who don’t have great grooming, this should make the shows so much more interesting.

“As Fox News Media has evolved into a streamlined multi-platform organization, we are realigning several functions and restructuring various divisions in order to position all of our businesses for ongoing success,” the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Total layoffs this time will be less than 100, Fox says, but we’ll see how that shakes out. No highly paid people will be affected.

Since there is no face of Fox News now, I’ve run a photo of the late Roger Ailes, who’s booking Ronald and Nancy Reagan on the Mike Douglas Show up in heaven, but not getting a table at Elaine’s.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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