The Independents is Cancelled?

The New York Daily News’ Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemietz, and Oli Coleman write that FBN’s The Independents has apparently been given the axe…

The Fox Business show “The Independents” has gotten the axe, a source tells Confidenti@l. We’re told that network president Roger Ailes had argued against the show, telling another top executive at the cable network that it was unwatchable and that co-host Matt Welch, the editor-in-chief of monthly libertarian journal Reason magazine, was a “dud.”

9 Responses to “The Independents is Cancelled?”

  1. Shame. I’ve heard good things.

  2. I really like the show.

  3. bushleaguer Says:

    Have to agree with Ailes on this – Kennedy is a good host but her co-hosts are boring.
    Also, Fox News is full-up but The Independents doesn’t belong on FBN. It’s good to see the Libertarians getting their message out but this show was just dull.
    Shame of it is that Kennedy will likely do some cameos and then be cut loose after her contract is up.

  4. It’s still in production. Maybe the report is wrong.

  5. IMHO chop the head off this turkey of a show. Non informative rubbish. Not up to Fox standards.

  6. It took a while, but this deadly dull mix of libertarian political gossip and time-constrained, round-table yakking was finally and mercifully put to rest. But lament not, ye fans of “Kennedy” (all 63 of you) — she’ll be getting her own show, titled…”Kennedy.” And Matt Welch will continue with his increasingly bitter and anarchistic rants at libertarian propaganda site Reason.com.

  7. Wow, I’m surprised at all the hate spewing about the show in the comments.

    I’m a huge fan of the show and especially Matt Welch and Kmele Foster. They’re both super intelligent and make great points when discussing complex topics.

    Maybe I’m biased because I’m a hard core Libertarian, and I can’t get a good libertarian point of view anywhere (except on this show).

    Even still I don’t think Matt and Kmele are “duds”. Have you guys even watched the show?

    I’m bummed to say the least.

  8. Having Kennedy do a spin off is like writing a show around George or Kramer. They are great as part of the ensemble, but not sure how it will fly with just her. And frankly, I love Matt Welch.

  9. Kennedy needed Welch and Foster to keep her grounded. Her brand of libertarianism is better than that of most TV commentators (thanks to John Stossel, I expect), and apparently passionately, sincerely held, but still pretty weak stuff, which doesn’t seem especially well-grounded philosophically: It reminds me of what used to be called “Silicon Valley libertarianism.” But that was OK, as long as Welch and Foster were there to pour their own, well-considered and articulately explained brands of libertarianism in the mix. Kennedy also has a tendency to use up all the screen time and suck all the oxygen out of the room, if revved up and not subject to any restraints: On many occasions, I saw Welch and Foster stand up to her, often on behalf of outmatched guests, get words in edgewise, and steer discussions in directions that yielded more light than heat. Kennedy’s natural bombast and preternatural ability to talk and think quickly are an entertaining combination, but libertarians like also to ponder things a bit more thoughtfully, and the contributions of Welch and Foster allowed that helpful simmering to occur. I watched The Independents as often as I could — two or three nights per week, at least — and always found it to be entertaining and informative. Some nights were better than others, but never did I consider the show a waste of my time, and I kept coming back for more. This had to be a fairly cheap show to produce, so I am frankly astonished that it is being replaced by a roving reality show, “Strange Inheritance.”

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