Fox News Dumps Trump Supporters Diamond and Silk

Diamond and Silk (Credit: Shutterstock)

“You’re Fired.” In familiar fashion of the reality TV phrase coined by Donald Trump, Fox News’ streaming service Fox Nation has dumped Trump supporters, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson, over their ill-informed coronavirus claims.

“After what they’ve said and tweeted, you won’t be seeing them on Fox Nation or Fox News anytime soon,” a source told The Daily Beast.

Sister-duo Diamond and Silk gained popularity during the 2016 presidential election for their support of then-candidate Donald Trump, which led to them being regularly featured on Fox News.

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Trump touted their appearances and soon added them to the lineup at his campaign rallies.

According to published reports, during their March 30 live stream, Diamond and Silk “claimed that
the number of American coronavirus deaths has been inflated to make Trump look bad.”

They also stoked conspiracy theories of COVID-19 being “deliberately spread,” “man-made” and “engineered,” and questioned if the World Health Organization had a “switch to turn this virus on and off.”

Diamond and Silk had been providing weekly videos to Fox Nation since close to the subscription-based streaming service’s launch in 2018. But there was a stoppage of new contributions noted in early April by CNN’s Oliver Darcy. Their absence from appearances on Fox News have been noticed as well.

The Daily Beast reported Fox News has tried to distance itself from the controversial pair in the past, by stating that “The siblings aren’t technically full-time Fox employees but are more akin to independent contractors as they pay them to license their weekly videos for the streaming service.”