The White House said that Spicer was out because of previously scheduled Navy Reserve duty, but he had been on reserve duty the prior week, and CNN reported that he was benched in favor of deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whom journalists seemed to consider more poised.
“Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Melissa McCarthy, satirized Spicer's uncertain job status over the weekend.
Now, Guilfoyle is campaigning for the gig, saying she possesses the necessary qualities.
“I think I have a very good relationship with the president,” she told the Bay Area News Group. “I think I enjoy a very straightforward and authentic, very genuine relationship, one that's built on trust and integrity, and I think that's imperative for success in that position.”
In a statement issued through Fox News, Guilfoyle attempted to walk back her remarks: “As I stated in the interview, I really love what I do, and my job co-hosting 'The Five' is tough to beat.”
Guilfoyle did say those things. She also added: “At the same time, life is exciting and it’s about different chapters in your life, so I’m excited about the future.”
Fox News added that “Kimberly is a valued member of the Fox News primetime lineup and is under a long-term contract with the network.”
In her interview with the Bay Area News Group, Guilfoyle talked about Spicer as if he were already gone: “Sean Spicer is a very nice man and a patriot. He's dedicated himself to this public service. Very tough position he's in. I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it.”
Trump reportedly considered Guilfoyle for press secretary before taking office. The State Department recently hired another Fox News personality, Heather Nauert, to serve as its spokeswoman. Former White House press secretary Dana Perino is one of Guilfoyle's co-hosts on “The Five.” If Trump does, indeed, decide to move on from Spicer and also decides to pass over Sanders, Guilfoyle would be an unsurprising pick.
Still, it is a bit jarring to see the current White House press secretary afforded so little respect by a Fox News host who generally covers the Trump administration favorably.