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Fox & Friends First

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Fox & Friends First
Fox & Friends First.png
Presented by
  • Carley Shimkus
  • Todd Piro
  • Janice Dean
  • Ashley Strohmier
  • Brooke Singman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production locationNew York City, New York
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time120 minutes
Original networkFox News
Picture formatHDTV 720p
Original releaseMarch 5, 2012 (2012-03-05) –

Fox & Friends First is a breakfast television show on Fox News. It airs every weekday at 4 a.m. Eastern/1am Pacific. The two-hour-long program hosted by Carley Shimkus and Todd Piro serves as a pre-show to the network's flagship morning show Fox & Friends.

The current incarnation of the show debuted on March 5, 2012, with Heather Childers and Ainsley Earhardt as the original hosts of the show.



  • Carley Shimkus, co-host (2021—present)[1]
  • Todd Piro, co-host (2020—present)
  • Janice Dean, meteorologist (2012—present)
  • Ashley Strohmier, news anchor, fill in host (2020—present)
  • Brooke Singman, politics reporter (2021—present)



The show devotes to new developments of the latest overnight headlines and/or continuous coverage of breaking news. Due to the nature and time of the show, guests rarely appear, so it focuses more on updates of news stories with correspondents, analysis from the hosts, and politics.

When Fox and Friends First launched in March 2012, the show's executive producer, Lauren Petterson, described the show to Fox News Insider this way: "Think of Fox and Friends First like Fox and Friends on steroids. It will include all of the things you love about Fox and Friends – at warp speed. A cheat sheet, if you will, to all the day's big stories…"

Recurring segments/elements

  • "Fox and Trends" – Ashley Strohmier shows the top three trending stories of the day
  • "Weather" – Janice Dean presents the weather across the United States
  • "Fox Business Headlines" – Cheryl Casone presents top stories that affect the markets
  • "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" – hosts report three headlines in the morning and rate them into a category

Programming announcements and changes

In 2001, Fox & Friends, which aired from 7 to 9 a.m. Eastern Time Zone, was expanded by an hour to start at 6 a.m.[6] The new hour was branded Fox & Friends First and was co-anchored by Alisyn Camerota.[7] In July 2008, the 6 a.m. hour was replaced by a third hour of Fox & Friends, and Camerota was named permanent anchor of the weekend edition of Fox & Friends.[7]

In June 2011, rival cable news channel CNN began programming in the 5 a.m. hour, with a one-hour extension of American Morning titled Wake Up Call,[8] which was replaced in January 2012 following American Morning's cancellation by the two-hour Early Start.[9] MSNBC already had started its news programming at that hour with two half-hour shows: Morning Joe First Look, a general news program which had aired since the mid-2000s, and Way Too Early with Jonathan Lemire (which leads into Morning Joe), which debuted in July 2009.[10] In March 2012, Fox News confirmed that it was expanding its morning programming to begin at 5 a.m.[6] The new one-hour show was named Fox & Friends First and serves as a lead-in to Fox & Friends.[11] It debuted on March 5, 2012.[12][13]

In its first week on the air, Fox & Friends First averaged more total viewers than other programs at CNN and MSNBC in the same time slot combined.[14]

In October 2017, Fox News announced that the show will be expanded to two hours from 4 to 6 a.m. The 4 a.m. hour would be anchored solely by Heather Childers, and Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt would present the 5 a.m. hour.[15] In July 2020, Childers had parted ways with Fox News after executives had expressed concern and anger about her coming to work and appearing visibly ill on air several months earlier during the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.[16] In 2021, Jillian Mele was replaced by Carley Shimkus as a co-anchor.[17]


Fox & Friends First is broadcast from Studio J at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building), New York City. On March 19, 2018, Fox & Friends First has relocated to Studio D from its original location in Studio J for construction. The team moved back to Studio J on June 19, 2018.[18]


  1. ^ "Media Relations | Fox News".
  2. ^ "Media Relations | Fox News".
  3. ^ "Heather Childers Leaves Fox News; Had Been off Early Morning Slot Since Showing up Visibly Sick in March". 23 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Did Rob Schmitt Abruptly Leave 'Fox & Friends First'?". December 2020.
  5. ^ "Fox News host Jillian Mele leaving the network to return to la Salle".
  6. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (March 1, 2012). "'Fox & Friends' Expanding by an Hour". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  7. ^ a b K, Steve (July 14, 2008). "Changes at Fox & Friends". TV Newser. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Weprin, Alex (June 20, 2011). "'Wake Up Call' With Ali Velshi To Launch Next Week". TV Newser. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  9. ^ Weprin, Alex (March 1, 2012). "The New Battleground of Cable News: 5 AM". TV Newser. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  10. ^ Ariens, Chris (July 15, 2009). ""Way Too Early" to Launch July 27". TV Newser. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  11. ^ Shapiro, Rebecca (March 1, 2012). "Fox News Expands Morning Show 'Fox & Friends' To Four Hours". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Ariens, Chris (May 3, 2012). "'Fox & Friends First' Goes on the Air". TV Newser. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  13. ^ 'Fox & Friends First' Debuts. Fox News Channel. Archived from the original on June 7, 2022. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  14. ^ Ariens, Chris (March 14, 2012). "In 5am Ratings Race, Fox News Takes Early Lead". TV Newser. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  15. ^ Steinberg, Brian (October 2, 2017). "Fox News Expands 'Fox & Friends,' Starting 'First' Broadcast at 4 AM". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Stelter, Brian (July 22, 2020). "Fox News parts ways with a morning host who caused a Covid-19 scare". CNN. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  17. ^ Baragona, Justin (April 23, 2020). "'Fox & Friends First' Host Heather Childers Complains About Fox News Benching Her During Coronavirus". The Daily Beast.
  18. ^ Hill, Michael P. (June 19, 2018). "'Fox & Friends First' becomes latest show to move to Studio J". NewscastStudio. Retrieved June 20, 2018.

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Preceded by
The Next Revolution (replay) Monday
The Ingraham Angle (replay) Tuesday—Friday
Fox & Friends First
4:00 AM – 6:00 AM ET
Succeeded by
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