Todd Starnes calls himself a 'proud,' 'Bible-clinging' Trump supporter after Fox News reportedly axes him from network
Todd Starnes' tenure at Fox News has come to an abrupt end.
The network has quietly axed Starnes from its lineup, according to The Wrap, and has ceased production on his three-hour Fox News Radio show as well as his Fox Nation program, "Starnes Country."
Fox News did not provide an explanation about the decision not to remove Starnes' contract. It's unclear when the decision was made, but Starnes retweeted a promotion that labeled him as a "Fox News radio host" just hours before the news broke.
Starnes seemingly responded to reports of his termination with a blunt tweet on Wednesday afternoon: "I'm proud to call myself a gun-toting, Bible-clinging, Deplorable Trump supporter," he wrote. "I am a rock-solid conservative and I do not compromise my beliefs. Period."
Although many Fox News personalities are considered controversial, Starnes is known for being particularly extremist in his far-right views. On Sept. 30, one of his guests, pastor Robert Jeffress, said that Democrats worship a demon pagan god.
"I believe that," Starnes replied, adding, "I have no doubt that they want to especially go after and target Christians in America."
As The Daily Beast notes, Starnes was previously fired from Baptist Press for continually making "factual and contextual errors" and "misrepresentations."
It's not known whether the recent interview was related to the decision not to renew Starnes' contract.