Brian Kilmeade

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Brian Kilmeade
Brian Kilmeade.jpg
Kilmeade in 2009
Born (1964-05-07) May 7, 1964 (age 55)
EducationC.W. Post (B.A.) Minor Political Science
OccupationCo-host of Fox & Friends
(Fox News) and
Host of Kilmeade and Friends (Fox News Radio)
Spouse(s)Dawn (DeGaetano) Kilmeade

Brian Kilmeade (born May 7, 1964) is a Fox News television personality. Weekdays, he co-hosts Fox's morning show, Fox & Friends, along with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. He has been credited as co-author on fiction and non-fiction books, and co-hosts hosts the Fox News Radio program The Brian Kilmeade Show.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Kilmeade is of Irish and Italian descent.[2] After graduating from Massapequa High School in 1982, Kilmeade attended C.W. Post (Brookville, New York), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (1986). He began his career as a correspondent on Channel One News, a daily national high school television news program. He later served as an anchor and host for KHSC-TV in Ontario, California.[3] He co-hosted The Jim Brown Show on XTRA-AM (KLSD-XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego), an all-sports radio network. In 1993, Kilmeade joined Jim Brown as part of the announcing team for the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 1) event, conducting post-fight interviews. He moved into the play-by-play role for UFC 2 and UFC 3 in 1994.

Kilmeade was a freelance sports anchor for WVIT (NBC) in Hartford, Connecticut, beginning in 1997. He was a sideline reporter for the MSG Network, where he covered the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, a major league soccer team based in Giants Stadium.

Later, he worked as a feature reporter and anchor for Newsport TV, where he hosted Newsport Journal, a daily magazine show for the national sports network. He also anchored Scoreboard Central, a live half-hour general sports program. According to his website biography, he has 10 years’ experience as a stand-up comedian.[4]

In April 2006, he filled in the Fox News Radio time slot of former Fox anchor Tony Snow, who had left the network to become Press Secretary in the George W. Bush Administration. He is a frequent anchor of The Five airing nightly at 5 p.m. eastern on FNC.

Kilmeade is Roman Catholic.[5] He is married to Dawn (DeGaetano) Kilmeade, and they have three children: Brian, Kirstyn, and Kaitlyn.[6]


  • Kilmeade, Brian (October 12, 2004). The Games Do Count: America's Best and Brightest on the Power of Sports. Los Angeles, California: ReganBooks. ISBN 978-0060736736.
  • Kilmeade, Brian (May 1, 2007). It's How You Play the Game: The Powerful Sports Moments that Taught Lasting Values to America's Finest. New York City: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0061237263.

Controversial remarks[edit]

Kilmeade faced criticism after expressing support for the far-right English Defence League, often described as an extremist group,[7] during an interview with their leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who also uses the name 'Tommy Robinson'. He finished the interview with the words "Tommy, we got your back and we'll definitely look to keep in touch, it's great what you're doing".[8]

"We keep marrying other species and other ethnics"[edit]

On July 8, 2009, Kilmeade and two co-hosts were discussing a study that, based on research done in Finland and Sweden, showed people who stay married are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Kilmeade, who is Italian-Irish American, commented, "[In the United States] we keep marrying other species and other ethnics..." Ignoring attempts by co-host Gretchen Carlson (who is of Swedish descent) to interrupt him, he added, "See, the problem is the Swedes have pure genes. Because they marry other Swedes... Finns marry other Finns, so they have a pure society. In America we marry everybody, we marry Italians and Irish."[9]

On July 20, 2009, Kilmeade apologized for his remarks, saying, "I made comments that were offensive to many people. That was not my intention, and looking back at those comments I realize they were inappropriate. For that I sincerely apologize. America [is a] huge melting pot, and that is what makes us such a great country..."[10]

"All terrorists are Muslims"[edit]

In 2010, Kilmeade said "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims."[11] Kilmeade later said he misspoke, "I don’t believe all terrorists are Muslims... What I should have said, and I’d like to clarify, is all terrorists who killed us on 9/11; with the Cole; and the Khobar; and the ’98 embassies; that’s what I should have said."[12] Kilmeade's remarks were criticized[13][14][15] and Keith Olbermann called the claim "both inaccurate and prejudiced" as groups other than Muslims have committed terrorist acts.[16]

"You grew up on tacos"[edit]

On October 4, 2013, Fox News meteorologist Maria Molina was brought on Fox and Friends to talk about tacos to celebrate National Taco Day. Kilmeade asked Molina: "So what are the tips we need to know? You grew up on tacos, correct?" Molina denied it, explaining she was Nicaraguan and that tacos are not native to Nicaragua. At this point Kilmeade's co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked Molina: "But if you did, if you did grow up on tacos?"[17][18]

"Bowe Bergdahl's father looks like a member of the Taliban"[edit]

On June 3, 2014, Kilmeade made a reference about Bowe Bergdahl's father on air, stating, “I mean, he says he was growing his beard because his son was in captivity. Well, your son’s out now. So if you really don’t want to no longer look like a member of the Taliban, you don’t have to look like a member of the Taliban. Are you out of razors?"[19]

Jimmy Kimmel criticism and Kimmel's response[edit]

On September 20, 2017, Kilmeade commented on Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel's criticism of the Republican-controlled Senate's attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by saying, “Sunday’s politically charged Emmys may have been the lowest-rated in history, but that’s not stopping Hollywood elites like comedian Jimmy Kimmel from pushing their politics on the rest of the country.”

This prompted Kimmel to call Kilmeade a "phony little creep."

Kimmel, who has often referenced his son's congenital heart defect in his comments regarding health care, said of Kilmeade: “Oh, he’s such a fan I think he’s been on the show. He follows me on Twitter; he asked me to write a blurb for his book, which I did; he calls my agent looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite. The only reason he’s not a member of the Hollywood elite is because nobody will hire him to be one. And you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery, then has to have two more, and because of that I learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation. I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you. That will be my blurb for your next book: ‘Brian Kilmeade is a phony little creep.’”[20]

Kilmeade responded to Kimmel: "I hope your son gets better. I hope your son gets all the care he needs. I'm glad you're interested, you're doing a great job bringing the dialogue out. But you should do what we're doing. Talk to the people that wrote it [the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill]." [21]

"Not our kids"[edit]

On June 22, 2018, Kilmeade on Fox & Friends defended the Trump administration family separation policy by saying, "Like it or not, these are not our kids" in reference to foreign-born children who had been separated from their parents and put in detainment.[22][23]

Climate change[edit]

In 2018, Kilmeade criticized Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes for asking President Donald Trump about climate change. Kilmeade said that Stahl was pushing an "agenda" and injecting her "point of view" into the interview by asking the President whether he truly believed climate change was a hoax. Kilmeade said, "She really believes in global warming and that’s fine, and man’s role in climate change and that’s okay. But I don’t think you should bring your point of view ― she was trying to win over the president with her point of view. There are other scientists. Something is going on out there. The role of man has not been unveiled in a way the president accepts."[24][25]


  1. ^ "The Brian Kilmeade Show". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ Fecke, Jeff (July 14, 2009). "Brian Kilmeade's seed is pure". Twin Cities Daily Planet. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Twin Cities Media Alliance. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fox News Personalities - Brian Kilmeade". Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bio". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Fox News: What are 'The Five' giving up for Lent?". February 13, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Brian Kilmeade the News".
  7. ^ Goodwin, Matthew (1 March 2013). "The Roots of Extremism: The English Defence League and the Counter-Jihad Challenge | Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs". Chatham House. London, England. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  8. ^ "EDL's Tommy Robinson Is 'Great Guy' Says Fox News Presenter Brian Kilmeade (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. New York City: Huffington Post Media Group. December 6, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  9. ^ Koppelman, Alex (July 8, 2009). "'Fox News' Kilmeade: We 'marry other species,' Finns 'pure'". San Francisco, California: Salon Media Group. Archived from the original on July 12, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
  10. ^ Drivas, Peter (July 20, 2009). "Brian Kilmeade Apologizes For Racist 'Pure Species' Comment". The Huffington Post. New York City: Huffington Post Media Group. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
  11. ^ Love, Erik (2017). Islamophobia and Racism in America. NYU Press. p. 21.
  12. ^ Stelter, Brian. "Fox Host Says He 'Misspoke' About Muslims". Media Decoder Blog. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  13. ^ Pierce, Tony (October 15, 2010). "Two out of three 'Fox & Friends' think 'all terrorists are Muslim'". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tronc. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Elliot, Justin (October 15, 2010). "Fox host: "All terrorists are Muslim"". Los Angeles, California: Salon Media Group. Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  15. ^ "All Terrorists Are Muslims". The Atlantic. Boston, Massachusetts: Atlantic Media. October 15, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  16. ^ Olbermann, Keith (October 15, 2010). "Countdown With Keith Olbermann". MSNBC.
  17. ^ Dries, Kate (October 4, 2013). "Fox News Host Is Pretty Sure Nicaraguan Co-Host 'Grew Up on Tacos'". New York City: Univision Communications. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  18. ^ Edwards, David (4 October 2013). "Fox News asks Nicaraguan meteorologist to host 'Taco Day' segment: 'You grew up on tacos'". The Raw Story. Washington DC: Raw Story Media, Inc. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  19. ^ Kaczynski, Andrew (June 3, 2014). "Multiple Fox Hosts Say American POW's Father Looks 'Like A Muslim,' 'Member Of Taliban'". Buzzfeed. New York City. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  20. ^ Stern, Marlow (September 21, 2017). "Jimmy Kimmel Threatens 'Fox & Friends' Host Brian Kilmeade: 'I'll Pound You When I See You'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  21. ^ Scarry, Eddie (September 21, 2017). "'Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade responds to Jimmy Kimmel calling him 'little creep' in healthcare debate". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  22. ^ Wise, Justin (June 22, 2018). "'Fox & Friends' host on detained children: 'These aren't our kids'". The Hill. Washington DC: Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  23. ^ Miller, Ryan (June 22, 2018). "'Fox & Friends' host Brian Kilmeade on border separations: 'These aren't our kids'". USA Today. Mclean, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  24. ^ Miller, Hayley (2018-10-15). "Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Calls Man-Made Climate Change A 'Point Of View'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  25. ^ Bort, Ryan (2018-10-15). "Trump in Five Words: 'I'm President and You're Not'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-10-16.

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