A Gutfeld! Feeling
If he was on any other network, their ratings would go through the roof. And then activists would hit the roof. There’d be public protests and calls for boycotts, and his ass would be fired before you could say, “there’s nothing good on the boob tube anymore.”
But Greg Gutfeld makes his home at Fox News. That’s where he thumbs his nose at the world, with a Fox-hole as his safe haven.
Late-night ratings have soared at Fox News, because of him. But there hasn’t been much outrage. That’s because activists seem to have given up on Fox News. It’s as if they’ve concluded the reprobates there will never share in any vision of their liberal utopia. So they’ve chosen to shrug their shoulders and ignore that network, hoping it will somehow go away.
Thus, Greg Gutfeld hasn’t been the target of any protests, boycotts, or employment terminations.
“Gutfeld!” has been the name of his hour-long romp of politically incorrect banter. It debuted as a five-night-a-week, late-night talk show in 2021. But it prepared a long time for this debut, because from 2015 to 2021 it appeared only once a week on Fox, and was known as The Greg Gutfeld Show.
The show’s spartan stage setting and production make an art out of simplicity. Greg occupies the apex of a semi-circle of seated panelists, before a live audience, where he introduces issues for discussion. Usually these subjects cover the controversial or trending topics of the day, whether they be political, cultural, or matters of the strange and unusual.
Greg punctuates serious commentary with his wacky, satirical, and often irreverent sense of humor. He crosses lines with his humor that few comedians dare trespass, in this day and age of cancel culture and hypersensitivity. And he offends all groups equally, whether they be oppressed or oppressor. He even skewers other Fox News hosts.
And he attacks his rivals on other networks mercilessly. Late-night talk show hosts such as Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and James Corden, are ripped apart regularly by the spears, arrows, and grenades lobbed from the tongue of Greg Gutfeld. He complains that they’re not funny anymore, due to their obsession with being politically correct, and their fear of cancel culture.
He may be right. When Gutfeld! debuted in April of 2021, critics predicted low ratings and an early demise for this uncouth experiment by Fox News. But TV audiences, hungry for meatier humor in their homily soup, abandoned the established shows, and flocked to Fox. Gutfeld’s ratings quickly took flight, and by August of 2021, he was sailing over his competition.
Gutfeld! has dominated the late-night ratings ever since. His rivals exclude him from mention, choosing to ignore this nemesis that reigns as the new king of late-night. Even those who rate late-night talk shows often ignore Gutfeld!, omitting it from their ranked lists. Perhaps this is because the show has a conservative political slant. Conservatism is treated like leprosy by many media outlets.
I watch Gutfeld! regularly. Sometimes I find it funny, but it often falls flatter than our economy during a pandemic. That’s because it’s primarily a serious program, that adds humor to its recipe to make its messages more easily digestible. But when it’s funny, it can be sphincter-dilating funny. So I’m always careful to put on a pair of adult diapers, before I switch the show on. In my opinion, it’s like no other late-night talk show these days, in its willingness to violate social taboos for a good laugh.
But what do I know? I don’t even watch those other shows anymore.
If you are a bleeding-heart liberal, or often feel oppressed, or identify with a group that claims to be oppressed, you’ll probably recoil from watching Gutfeld! But if your skin is thick enough to take a joke, and you delight in well-crafted sarcasm and satire, and the slaughter of sacred cows, I think you’ll enjoy the hour of viewing. In fact, I have a Gutfeld! feeling you’ll like it.
You can watch Gutfeld! on the Fox News Channel, weeknights at 11:00 PM, Eastern Time. Unlike other late-night talk shows, it does not adjust its air time to be in the same slot for each time zone. Thus, it airs at 10:00 PM Central Time, 9:00 PM Mountain Time, and 8:00 PM Pacific Time.
Here’s a recent clip from Gutfeld!: