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." 

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Fox News contributor salaries revealed

John Bolton
National Security Advisor

Fox News job: Ex-contributor
Salary: $569,243

Heather Nauert
Ex-Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs (State)

Fox News job: Ex-anchor
Salary: $485,000

Scott Brown
Ambassador, New Zealand and Samoa

Fox News job: Ex-contributor
Salary: $175,000

Anthony Scaramucci
Ex-White House Communications Director

Fox News job: Ex-contributor
Salary: $88,461

Richard Grenell
Ambassador, Germany

Fox News job: Ex-contributor
Salary: $80,000

Tony Sayegh
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (Treasury)

Fox News job: Ex-contributor
Salary: $72,851

K.T. McFarland
Ex-Deputy National Security Adviser

Fox News job: Ex-contributor
Salary: $63,518

Sebastian Gorka
Ex-White House Strategic Initiatives Group 

Fox News job: Ex-strategist
Salary: $4,321 (one month)

Georgette Mosbacher
Ambassador, Poland

Fox News job: Ex-contributor
Salary: $31,336


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.

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