Fox News announces Caitlyn Jenner as new contributor
The announcement was met with support from some fellow Fox employees.
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Olympic gold medalist and former reality TV star Caitlin Jenner has signed on as a Fox News contributor, CEO Suzanne Scott announced Thursday, coinciding with the "International Transgender Day of Visibility."
Scott said: "Caitlyn’s story is an inspiration to us all. She is a trailblazer in the LGBTQ+ community and her illustrious career spans a variety of fields that will be a tremendous asset for our audience."
Jenner, who was known as Bruce before coming out as a transgender woman in 2015, ran as a Republican for governor of California last year.
The former Olympic athlete has appeared on Fox before but formally began as as a contributor with an appearance on "Hannity" Thursday evening.
"I am humbled by this unique opportunity to speak directly to @FoxNews millions of viewers about a range of issues that are important to the American people," Jenner tweeted.
The announcement was met with support from fellow Fox employees.
Fox's Tomi Lahren said, "Proud to welcome [Caitlyn Jenner] to the FoxNews family. She is a kind and wonderful human who fights harder for freedom and American values than most. Anyone who says any different likely hasn’t met her or given her a chance. I am proud to call her a friend and now a colleague!"
The news drew some ridicule still.
The satirical outlet Not the Bee ran published the headline, "Fox News hires Caitlyn Jenner to prove how conservative they are or something."
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