Fox News reportedly has cut ties with polarizing commentators Diamond and Silk for spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.
The network and its streaming service Fox Nation “no longer have a relationship” with the duo, sources told Deadline.
Despite their allegiance to President Trump, the pair of Republican-sympathizing Black women blatantly contradicted guidance from Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force telling people to avoid public gatherings and unnecessary travel during the epidemic.
“The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!” the duo, also known as Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, recently tweeted to their 1.4 million followers.
Twitter said that the tweet, which was later deleted by the pair, violated its coronavirus misinformation policy.
The two came to prominence during the 2016 presidential race, when their pro-Trump videos on their YouTube livestream blog attracted the attention of many conservatives, including Trump himself. They began working with Fox in 2018.
In April 2018, they compared Democrats to slave owners during an appearance Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” In a June 2018 appearance on the network’s “Watters’ World,” they accused Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Kamala Harris of supporting “illegal aliens” more than their poor American constituents.
Most recently, they slammed Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden by comparing them to salt and sugar.