Caitlyn Jenner, 72, joins Fox News as a paid commentator: network boss Suzanne Scott says the reality star is a “game changer” and her story is an “inspiration for us all”.
- Fox News announced on Thursday that Caitlyn Jenner had been hired as the new actor contributor
- Jenner, 72, will make her first appearance as a pundit on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night
- Jenner posted on her Instagram page that she is “humbled by this unique opportunity to speak directly to @foxnews’ millions of viewers.”
Jenner, 72, the former Olympic decathlete, ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of California last year republican. She was defeated by incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and finished 13th in the recall election.
The network said Jenner, a transgender woman, will offer commentary and analysis on various Fox News Media platforms.
Fox News announced Thursday that Caitlyn Jenner, 72, a paid worker, has been hired. Jenner can be seen at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 30th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday
Jenner posted on her Instagram page that she is “humbled by this unique opportunity to speak directly to @foxnews’ millions of viewers.”
Jenner will make her first appearance as a pundit on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night
“Caitlyn’s story is an inspiration to all of us,” said Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media. “She is a pioneer in the LGBTQ+ community and her illustrious career spans a variety of areas that will be a tremendous enrichment for our audiences.”
She wrote on her Instagram page, which has 12.7 million followers: “I’m honored to have this unique opportunity to speak directly to @foxnews’ millions of viewers on a range of issues that matter to the American people.”
Jenner is considered a polarizing figure in the LGBTQ community because she holds conservative views on a variety of issues, including gender identity.
Last week, Jenner threw herself into the controversy surrounding University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who won the NCAA women’s championship.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, announced that Emma Weyant, who took home silver, was the real winner, and Jenner agreed, tweeting, “[Emma] is the rightful winner! It’s not transphobic or anti-trans, it’s common sense!’
Jenner won the 1976 Olympic gold medal as a man in the decathlon. She came out as transgender in 2015 and now identifies as a woman.
A native of Mount Kisco, New York, Jenner graduated from Graceland College in Iowa after attending a football scholarship, but an injury prompted a return to athletics.
Jenner took up the decathlon and just a year later qualified for the 1972 Olympic team by finishing third in the trials and tenth in the Munich Games.
Jenner is a parent and stepmom to 10 children, including Kim Kardashian and her sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner, with whom she shares E! Network’s long-running reality TV show Keeping Up with The Kardashians, which ended last year.
Just months before she emerged as transgender and appeared on the iconic cover of Vanity Fair in 2015, Jenner was involved in a multi-vehicle accident in California that killed 70-year-old Kim Howe and injured several others.
The Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office declined to pursue criminal charges against Jenner due to insufficient evidence. She later reached separate settlements with the victims of the collision.