Fox News has parted ways with a talk show host who came into work visibly ill during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Heather Childers, the former host of the four-a.m. hour of Fox and Friends First, alarmed Fox News’ staffers when she showed up to work on March 18 and was obviously sick during filming. According to Childers, she visited a doctor after wrapping for the day and was told she was fine.
The TV host returned to work the next day while she was still clearly ill and was reportedly sent home prior to shooting her morning show. She has not appeared on her show or the channel since.
A spokesperson for Fox News released a statement this week that Childers was no longer with the network. “Fox News and Heather Childers have parted ways. We wish her all the best.”
The former host didn’t go willingly. Childers took to social media to petition for her return to the network in late March. When asked on Twitter why she was no longer appearing in the four-a.m. slot, she replied that she had “Coughed & sneezed on air,” went on to report her due diligence by visiting a doctor, who claimed she was fine, and “Haven’t been back since.”
No. Last day I was on I mentioned I had gone to a dr to make sure I had no fever or cough of concern after coughing & sneezing on air. Never went to work feeling sick. I sent those results showing no temp or cough. Was then told Covid19 test would most helpful. Negative ?
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) March 31, 2020
Days later she posted a video that showed her negative Covid-19 test results, and in a separate post claimed that she, “Never went to work feeling sick,” but got tested because she was told it would be “most helpful.“
Thank you to all medical workers working around the clock to keep us safe & healthy. I’m officially & luckily #COVID19 negative. Please pray for all those who aren’t & the #Coronavirus team @realDonaldTrump has put together. Hope to be back on @FoxFriendsFirst at 4AM for you soon pic.twitter.com/971hpgNFNu
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) March 30, 2020
After weeks off the air, at a network she had been hosting on since 2012, Childers tweeted to President Trump for help. “I’ve had TWO negative COVID19 test results,” she desperately posted, “Can I go back to work?”
I’d love to go back to work @realDonaldTrump but the antibody tests only show positive if you have had the virus. I’ve had TWO negative COVID19 tests results & no symptoms. Including a doctor testing temp, oxygen, all vitals 3 weeks ago today. All normal. Can I go back to work?
— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) April 9, 2020
According to Fox News, she can’t.