Was Andrea Tantaros outnumbered on Outnumbered?
Tantaros, the co-host of that political chat show airing weekdays at noon Eastern time on the Fox News Channel featuring four female panelists and #oneluckyguy in the middle of the couch, has been mysteriously absent from the show since last Tuesday.
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The timing is very odd in that her book Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable was officially published the day before, and under ordinary circumstances, she (or any other similarly situated FNC personality/author) would be aggressively hyping the book on various Fox platforms as well as other media outlets.
Internet speculation, so far unsubstantiated, suggests that either Fox executives were displeased with her open support of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy or that something in her new book ran counter to Fox policy. The latter seems unlikely, however, in that network lawyers presumably would have vetted the manuscript first.
It's also possible that the dispute is about salary or other perks or issues on the set (hardly unheard of in the egocentric TV business) moving forward.
Although Fox News hosts such as Bill O'Reilly, Howard Kurtz, and especially Sean Hannity also lean toward The Donald, Fox News has given a large megaphone to many Trump bashing, pro-Ted Cruz conservative pundits, and several of its anchors have also been almost giddy about the possibility of a brokered or contested convention that could deny Trump a first-ballot nomination on the GOP presidential ticket.
Tantaros' Twitter feed, while still active, has offered no explanation for her abrupt absence from the Fox News airwaves, Outnumbered or the other FNC shows on which she regularly appears. There are also reports that she cancelled some previously scheduled radio interviews about the book.
Tantaros (who last year was rumored to be romantically linked to musician Dave Navarro) apparently went unmentioned during the Outnumbered two-year anniversary show.