A Fox News Channel source has responded to reports this week indicating the Trump administration is in talks with one of the network’s most prominent hosts to replace current White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
As Western Journalism reported, Kimberly Guilfoyle acknowledged in a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News that the idea has been “raised by a number of people” close to the president.
Guilfoyle, who co-hosts The Five on Fox News, was mentioned as an early contender for the press secretary position.
In a statement provided to Western Journalism, however, a Fox News source noted she still has an active contract with her current employer.
“Kimberly is a valued member of the Fox News prime-time lineup, and is under a long-term contract with the network,” the spokesperson said.
Despite calling the position of White House press secretary “fascinating” in her previous interview, Guilfoyle also followed up with a statement indicating she is not in a rush to make an exit from Fox News.
“As I stated in the interview, I really love what I do and my job co-hosting The Five is tough to beat,” she said via a spokesperson.
Nevertheless, the news sparked debate among social-media users regarding whether she would be a good choice for the position.
@JackPosobiec Spicer is doing a great job, no need to replace him, not with Guilfoyle anyway she doesn’t have what it takes for that job.
— Jim Pell (@Pell48) May 16, 2017
If James Comey’s allegations are proved true, Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle’s replacement of Sean Spicer won’t right Trump’s leaky ship.
— FRED WORFE (@fdworfe) May 16, 2017
— Susie Creamcheese (@enjoyinglife1) May 16, 2017
Days prior to her interview this week, Guilfoyle shared what she believes are the requirements for a successful press secretary for the Trump White House.
“It has to be somebody with a very close relationship, where there’s trust there, there’s inherent loyalty, someone who’s been there from the beginning,” she said in a segment of The Five.
The comment came during a discussion of Trump’s suggestion that he might cancel daily White House press briefings.