Faulkner addresses “little incident” between Newt and Melissa Francis

Fox News host Harris Faulkner has addressed the controversy over Newt Gingrich discussing George Soros and then host Melissa Francis and panelist Marie Harf suggesting he should not bring Soros into the mix.

The exchange resulted in a firestorm of controversy with many conservative Fox News viewers upset and calling foul.

Here is the exchange below that caused the firestorm.

On air, Faulkner addressed the controversy.

“So we had a little incident on the who yesterday that was not smooth, and while I was leading that segment we had an eruption and I sat silently while all of that played out.” Faulker said, introducing the topic.

“Also, not ideal. Our guest, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is beloved, needed to be allowed to speak with the openness and the respect that the show is all about was interrupted.” Faulkner continued.

“Do we debate with fire here? Yes. But we must also give each other the space to express ourselves. As the only original member of the six-year-old amazing daytime ride known as Outnumbered, I especially want to rock n’ roll with every voice and perspective at the table. We don’t censor on this show. And that’s why we’re winning weekdays at noon.”


Justin Baragona of the DailyBeast and some others interpreted Harris’ statement as an apology.

However a retweet by Faulkner suggests she does not support that narrative.

Faulkner retweeted a Twitter user who wrote “Media matters never gives you the story straight. Harris didn’t ‘apologize’ for the Gingrich interruption. She explained to viewers what happened with the interruptions and awkward pauses & reinforced Fox’s policy to present multiple points of view (which drives mmfa crazy).”

Faulkner also retweeted a Twitter user who wrote:

NEWT mentoned GEORGE SOROS’ Financing ‘PROGRESSIVE’ DAs and he was SHUT-UP by @MelissaAFrancis and #MarieHarf Newt: “Soros is vorboten?”

@HARRISFAULKNER didn’t answer, just said “Let’s move on.” FOX put the UNCENSORED CLIP on line, So Is @MelissaAFrancis protecting Soros?

Earlier this months Newt suggested some on the left are afraid of the mention of George Soros’ name.