Some of the biggest names at Fox News Channel are now under quarantine after flying together on a private plane.
According to USA Today, a memo from the network to employees disclosed that “a few” individuals within the organization tested positive for coronavirus.
One of the people who tested positive was on a private plane which took Fox News personnel to last week’s presidential debate in Nashville.
Fox News has not disclosed who tested positive, but according to the AP Fox News Hosts Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, and Fox News President Jay Wallace were on site for the debate.
According to the Daily Beast, the stars have been advised to quarantine and undergo regular testing.
Baier has acknowledged this and said he’s tested negative three times in a row.
This is posing logistical problems for the network leading up to election night coverage as the network will now only allow “people critical to the broadcast” into headquarters.
MacCallum, Baier, Perino, and Williams were all expected to have large roles during the networks election night coverage.
This is causing chaos for the network.
According to Daily Beast:
“Everyone is in a panic about election night,” said one current Fox News staffer.
All four of those stars were expected to play key in-studio roles for Fox’s election-night coverage. But now it’s unclear how the network plans to proceed with its top talent potentially unable to gather in the same room.
“I believe it will put election night-plans into chaos,” another current Fox staffer told The Daily Beast under condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. “It will be like starting from scratch… It’s not good for anyone.” The employee added: “It’s insane that there’s a possibility the anchors will have to host the biggest night of 2020 from their homes.”
It’s unclear how Fox News will proceed with its election night coverage, but expect it to look much different than it has in the past.