Former ESPN personalities Britt McHenry and Bram Weinstein will team with WPGC news director Guy Lambert to host a weekly news roundup show on Fox 5 that will range from politics to entertainment to pop culture, the station announced Tuesday.
The program, called “Like It or Not,” will debut Friday at 10:30 p.m. That will be its time slot during a six-week trial; the weekly show will re-air Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. on WDCA, also known as Fox 5 Plus.
McHenry, a former ESPN reporter, has become a polarizing and outspoken political commentator since she was laid off last spring by the sports network. McHenry, who began her career at WJLA, has contributed to the Federalist, appeared regularly on Fox News and devoted much of her social-media presence to political commentary. In recent weeks, she has written favorably of Laura Ingraham and Dana Loesch; accused Twitter of targeting conservatives; criticized media coverage of Kim Jong Un’s sister during the Olympics; told the media to leave Ivanka Trump alone; and argued that the outspoken teenage survivors of the recent Florida school shooting “are being used or using themselves as props.” Her move from sports reporting to right-leaning politics was not unexpected; she said in an interview last summer that she felt constricted during her time at ESPN and that she was increasingly drawn to topics outside football and baseball fields.
“What’s attractive to me right now is more than just sports,” she said then. “And there aren’t a lot of women who are not afraid to express their opinion, like I have been, on the right side. And so, again, does that limit outlets? Yeah, but I think if you hate me, or if you love what I’m saying, it’s true to what I think. I’m not making it up. … I feel like a weight’s lifted off my shoulders, that I can say what I believe.”
And that promise would appear to be central to this new show’s potential appeal.
“Buckle up!” Patrick Paolini, Fox 5’s vice president and general manager, said in the news release, which pledged that the new program will “provide edgy, controversial commentary.”
McHenry’s co-hosts are perhaps less prone to winding up in viral headlines or in well-publicized Twitter battles. Weinstein, who served as a “SportsCenter” host and sideline reporter at ESPN, left Bristol in 2015 and returned to Washington sports radio in 2016. He hosts “The Bram Weinstein Show” midday on the Team 980. Lambert anchors “The Joe Clair Morning Show” on WPGC, as well as a weekly community affairs program and a weekly podcast with comedian DL Hughley.
Paolini said in the release that the trio of hosts “are provocative and intelligent and will present their candid opinions and observations on a wide range of news of the day topics and issues.”
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