Diamond & Silk Join Newsmax TV After Fox Nation Ouster, Call on Fans to ‘Ditch and Switch’ Fox


Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite

Pro-Trump personalities Diamond and Silk, since leaving Fox News streaming service Fox Nation in a cloud of Covid-19 controversy, have found a new outlet to host their show: Newsmax TV.

Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson’s new program, “Diamond and Silk Crystal Clear,” debuted this past Saturday at 7:30 pm EST.

Diamond & Silk’s show will regularly air on Saturday evenings, following a new program from far-right columnist Michelle Malkin titled, Michelle Malkin Sovereign Nation.

Malkin’s new show also has a 30-minute block on Saturdays, starting at 7 p.m. EST, and debuted this past weekend.

Diamond & Silk were sacked from Fox News’ subscription service, Fox Nation, in late April of this year after the controversial duo floated coronavirus conspiracy theories. No public reason was given for why Fox Nation had cut ties with the pro-Trump pair, but they repeatedly courted controversy for spreading misinformation on the pandemic. In one instance, the duo urged their followers to gain immunity from Covid-19 by going out in public.

In a 16 minute video posted to their YouTube channel this past Friday, Hardaway and Richardson took a series of potshots at their old employer — going as far to encourage their supporters to “ditch and switch” the highly rated cable news network for its far smaller competitor, Newsmax TV.

“We also want to thank Newsmax for believing in Diamond and Silk, and allowing us this opportunity and a platform,” Richardson stated.

Hardaway then interjected with an apparent jab at their former gig with Fox Nation: “Not to put us behind a wall, but to have our own show on TV.”

“We’ve already made the ditch and switch, we want you to make the ditch and switch to Newsmax,” Hardway added.

The two personalities added that now that the deal is finalized with Newsmax, they can spill the beans on to their fans. “We don’t ever spill the beans until the beans are cooked, so the beans are cooked, they are done, and we are ready to serve,” Hardway said.

The call to ditch Fox and switch to Newsmax echoes a similar call Trump has made — when his frustrations with Fox boil over onto his Twitter feed — for supporters to turn to more loyal outlets.

A request for comment to Newsmax and the duo went un-returned. This article will be updated with a comment if one is received.

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