Fox News has tapped popular conservative talker Mark Levin to host its newest show
Levin, a longtime syndicated talk show host both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity cite as a major influence, will host a new weekend primetime program on Fox News that will debut in 2018.
The hour-long show, titled Life, Liberty & Levin, is expected to feature legal, political and social commentary from the outspoken conservative who once served as an adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan's cabinet.
"I am honored to join FOX News, a network I have enjoyed appearing on as a guest for quite some time," Levin said. "As a proud citizen of the United States, I am delighted to share the significance of American values with such a wide audience and look forward to engaging with important guests about crucial topics."
The news was first reported by Matt Drudge, who noted that Levin was warmly received at the White House last week during meeting with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Levin, who was born in Philadelphia and raised in Elkins Park, is popular in conservative circles thanks to his long-running nationally-syndicated radio talk show, which airs locally on News Talk 990 AM WNTP. The show is the third largest nationally syndicated radio program in the country, airing on over 300 stations nationally.
Levin created a stir recently when his said President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, a claim the New York Times referred to as "a conspiratorial rant" and the Washington Post's fact checker rated with Four-Pinocchios.
Nevertheless, the baseless claimed was picked up by conservative media outlets like Brietbart and The Daily Caller. Those reports were circulated around the White House, leading President Trump to directly allege Obama tapped his phones.
"How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process," Trump posted on Twitter back in March. "This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
Despite his support of conservative politicians and President Trump, Levin has no love for the current Republican leadership. Last week, he called on both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to resign over reports that Congress has helped politicians cover up sexual assault allegations, paying more than $17 million to keep claims silent.
"If the responsibility of an organization rests at the top — as Republicans are prone to preach about businesses and corporations — well then, sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, in the halls of Congress, does indeed take a blaming turn toward congressional leadership," Levin said on his radio show.
One thing's for sure – he has no love for Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, who he referred to as "a liberal, kook, pathetic, moronic, propagandist demagogue of a mayor" during an interview with my colleague Aubrey Whelan back in March.