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Fox News Inks Dr. Ben Carson to Contributor Deal

After several months making frequent appearances on Fox News, pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has officially joined the network as a contributor. He will provide analysis and commentary across Fox’s daytime and primetime programming.

Carson rose to cable news prominence earlier this year when he spoke out against Obamacare, political correctness, and the accumulation of federal debt while standing several feet away from President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast. That moment and his controversial comments regarding gay marriage garnered him a slew of cable news appearances, from CNN to MSNBC to (most frequently) Fox.

In making the announcement, Fox chief Roger Ailes said: “Dr. Carson is a brilliant neurosurgeon who has dedicated his life to healing others. He also has a broad perspective on what’s going on in the country and his wisdom and provocative viewpoints will make a major contribution to our network.”

Carson retired in June from his post as the director of pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center — a position he held for 39 years. He has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (in 2008), as well as more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees.

Carson will begin his contributorship tonight with an appearance on The Kelly File at 9 p.m. ET.

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