Amid speculation that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will become Donald Trump’s VP running mate, FOX News has suspended his contributor agreement.
In a statement regarding the matter, FOX News issued a statement:
“Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich effective immediately.”
Jay Wallace, executive vice-president for news, also addressed the severing of ties with Gingrich.
“Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich’s potential selection as Donald Trump’s vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to halt his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise.”
With the GOP convention around the corner, Trump is expected to announce his running mate soon. He has often praised Gingrich who was also one of the few to receive actual vetting questions.
CNN reports that a source at FOX News has informed them even if Gingrich is not named as Trump’s running mate, he will likely remain off of FOX’s payroll. Period.
During his likely final interview with FOX, Gingrich said while he does not know specifics, he anticipates a decision by Trump on his VP pick by Friday, if not earlier.
Other candidates reportedly under serious consideration are New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Indian governor Mike Pence.
Of course, Trump was supposed to announce the full GOP convention speaker list last Thursday but that list has still not been revealed.