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Alan Colmes Leaving Hannity and Colmes

Alan will remain with FNC but he's leaving the show. I am listening to Sean Hannity discuss this on his radio show as I write this. He truly sounds sad, which is understandable. He and Alan have worked together for 12 years on H&C, so I'm sure they have become close friends. Alan will address his decision later tonight. Here's what the report from TV Newser says:

Alan Colmes' departure from his Fox News show is the first talent change the network has seen in prime time since Greta Van Susteren replaced Paula Zahn in 2002.

Unlike its competitors, Fox News has had a consistent prime time lineup for nearly its entire existence: Fox Report with Shepard Smith at 7pmET, The O'Reilly Factor at 8, Hannity & Colmes at 9 and On the Record with Van Susteren at 10. In fact, H&C is the only FNC show that has remained in its original time slot since the network launched 12 years ago. It's been the #1 rated show at 9pm since 2003, and FNC's second-highest rated program after The Factor.

So, what's behind the move? Insiders tell us Colmes was looking for a change and went to programming SVP Bill Shine several months ago. The idea was tabled until after the election and a new deal reached within the past few weeks.

TV Newser wants to know who you think should replace him. You can take their poll at the same link as above.


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Comments (35)

I won't miss him. Granted ... (Below threshold)

I won't miss him. Granted he was on the wrong side and didn't have a lot to work with, but he did a particularly weak job of sparring with Hannity, both in substance and in style. Colmes was the Washington Generals and I stopped watching because, after a while, it was no fun watching Hannity score points against such a hapless foe. If Fox is going to have a point-counterpoint show, they ought to be pick someone who can do a whole lot better.

I have gotten a vibe of lat... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

I have gotten a vibe of late that Sean and Allen were maybe not getting along as well as in the past, though I have nothing to base that on. Did anyone else pick up on that, or hear anything in the grapevine to that effect?

Good riddance.I wo... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Good riddance.

I would never watch Hannidy and Colmes strictly because of his high pitched whining voice not to mention his views.

"who you think should repla... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"who you think should replace him"

How about a blob of rancid ham fat?

Having vastly greater intel... (Below threshold)
A Blob of Rancid Ham Fat:

Having vastly greater intelligence than Alan "Skeletor" Colmes, as well as superior personal hygiene, I would consider myself to be a step up as co-host.

Well, if FOX needs to get a... (Below threshold)

Well, if FOX needs to get a guy who has made a career out of trashing Republicans and opposing conservative ideas, I hear John McCain's available.

Also, there is no truth to ... (Below threshold)

Also, there is no truth to the rumor that the reason Colmes is leaving is because it's time to molt.

Granted he was on ... (Below threshold)
Granted he was on the wrong side and didn't have a lot to work with, but he did a particularly weak job of sparring with Hannity

That's because the crafty Hannity always kept the studio thermostat at a low temperature, which causes cold-blooded creatures to be sluggish and slow to respond.

And when asked about his fu... (Below threshold)

And when asked about his future plans, Colmes said, "After I spend the winter hibernating in my cave, I'm going to Disneyland."

OK, I guess I've beaten the... (Below threshold)

OK, I guess I've beaten the lizard/reptile jokes to death.

He's leaving because he's b... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

He's leaving because he's been cast as The Liberal on the Cartoon Network.

No, I guess I haven't, here... (Below threshold)

No, I guess I haven't, here's one more: When Colmes is gone, how are they going to keep the rat population down in the FOX studios?

A good replacement would be... (Below threshold)

A good replacement would be James Carville, but I doubt he'd do it.

FoxNews should sign Olberma... (Below threshold)
chsw Author Profile Page:

FoxNews should sign Olbermann to pair with Hannity. Just make it a Huntley-Brinkley set-up - different cities or studios - to prevent physical harm. I think that Olby's outbursts would deliver great Nielsen numbers.

chsw

Darn -- Now I won't know wh... (Below threshold)
jd watson:

Darn -- Now I won't know what the daily propaganda talking points are at HuffPo and DailyKos, and won't get to enjoy the rude liberal tactic of interrupting everyone before they can complete a sentence.

have you all seen "outfoxed... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

have you all seen "outfoxed: rupert murdoch's war on journalism"?

you HAVENT??

go watch.. among other things they talk about how the hairy elf colmes seems to be intentionally cast as a creepy punching bag

I hope things go well Colme... (Below threshold)

I hope things go well Colmes. For a liberal, Colmes sure seems like a reasonable guy.
http://rightklik.blogspot.com/

have you all seen ... (Below threshold)
have you all seen "outfoxed: rupert murdoch's war on journalism"?

yeah, that's the one where they get their panties all in a knot because they have regular news program hosts and commentators who aren't in-the-tank liberals. Gasp! Horrors!

go watch it, oregon!<... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

go watch it, oregon!

=]

Possibly kirsten Powers. ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Possibly kirsten Powers. She has a modicum of intelligence and personality, a definite step up.

I did.... (Below threshold)

I did.

then your post makes no sen... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

then your post makes no sense. not that im shocked!

=]

and will continue to<... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

and will continue to enjoy the rude conservative tactic of interrupting everyone before they can complete a sentence, since Hannity is still on the show.

Fixed that for you.

No, I just don't think it p... (Below threshold)

No, I just don't think it proves anything the way you think it does.

I actually enjoy some the F... (Below threshold)

I actually enjoy some the FOX shows myself, despite my own personal liberal politics because I like to expose myself to new opinions. But I still like CNBC and CNN more than FOX myself, for both financial and other news.

Maybe they'll put Major Gar... (Below threshold)

Maybe they'll put Major Garrett in that spot so he'll have the whole day covered with Obama's agitprop.

I've got an idea--why don't... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

I've got an idea--why don't the choose a replacement that actually knows what the hell he's talking about?

Alan Comes was always painf... (Below threshold)
Bill:

Alan Comes was always painful to watch. He just babbled talking points and was a real pain. He was a poor choice to represent the liberal media.
Nobody took him seriously.

Alan Comes was always pa... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

Alan Comes was always painful to watch. He just babbled talking points and was a real pain. He was a poor choice to represent the liberal media. Nobody took him seriously.

At risk of belaboring the point, are you sure you're not describing Sean "play the Jeremiah Wright tape for half my show every day and repeat the same nine lines/interview Newt Gingrich for the rest" Hannity?

"A good replacement woul... (Below threshold)

"A good replacement would be James Carville, but I doubt he'd do it."

Replace a reptile with Gollum? I can hear him now:

"Master looks after us now. We don't need you anymore. We wants the precioussss!"

Colmes should have been re... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Colmes should have been replaced long ago by Ed Schultz or Lawrence O'Donnell. (People Sean might deem Blue Meanies.)

In defence of Colmes, his radio program is pretty good. It's just that on H&C, Hannity gets a vanity camera (aside from the dedicated staging camera) which he operates with his foot. For breaking the "forth wall" and sending non-verbal reassurance to his fans and other household appliances.

Screw "fair and balanced". ... (Below threshold)
Rioman:

Screw "fair and balanced". Replace this idiot with another conservative, or don't replace him at all. If I want to listen to morons I'll tune in to MSNBC, which is where Colmes and his fly-away left eyebrow belong. He will fail miserably if he has a solo show on Fox. FTL.

Personally, I stopped watch... (Below threshold)
David:

Personally, I stopped watching this show on a regular basis over a year ago. Colmes doesn't do his homework and Hannity keeps repeating the same talking point over and over and over ad nauseum. Ditto for his radio show.

Rush is still the king of conservative talk and with good reason. His show always sounds "new" and he has a keen intellect. All Hannity does is play on people's emotions.

The show won't be the same.... (Below threshold)
buddy simmons:

The show won't be the same.
Even though I'm a dyed in the wool Republican, Alan Colmes seems like a truly nice person and I will miss his sparing with Sean.
Good Luck, Alan!

A new and equally contrasti... (Below threshold)
brownswegger:

A new and equally contrasting co-host replacement for Hannity could be sanity? Eh? Then Mr. a-sexual-conservative-imposer-of-opinion can change the name of the show to: Hannity & Sanity...and then Fox can move him to AM radio where he belongs.

Or

Maybe he can just go become a minister or hot air balloon operator like I'm sure he's always wanted.




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