Brian Kilmeade

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Brian Kilmeade
Brian Kilmeade 2019 (cropped).jpg
Kilmeade in 2019
Born (1964-05-07) May 7, 1964 (age 57)
Alma materLIU Post (BA)
Spouse(s)Dawn DeGaetano Kilmeade

Brian Kilmeade (born May 7, 1964) is an American television and radio presenter and political commentator for Fox News. On weekdays he co-hosts Fox's morning show, Fox & Friends, and he hosts the Fox News Radio program The Brian Kilmeade Show. He has authored or co-authored non-fiction and fiction books.

Early life and education[edit]

Kilmeade was born in New York City, of Irish and Italian descent.[1] After graduating from Massapequa High School in 1982, Kilmeade attended LIU Post in Brookville, New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 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 KHSL-TV in Ontario, California.[2] He co-hosted The Jim Brown Show on KLSD, an all-sports radio network. In 1993, Kilmeade joined Jim Brown as part of the announcing team for the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship 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 MSG's coverage of Major League Soccer, specifically for the MetroStars.

Later, he worked as a feature reporter and anchor for NewSport 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.[3]

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 the White House Press Secretary for the George W. Bush Administration. He is a frequent anchor of The Five airing nightly at 5 p.m. eastern on FNC. As of 1998 he co-hosts Fox's cable morning television show, Fox and Friends, along with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. He also hosts the Fox News Radio program The Brian Kilmeade Show[2] and hosts "What Made America Great" on Fox Nation.

Controversial remarks[edit]

Kilmeade faced criticism after expressing support for the far-right English Defence League, often described as an extremist group,[4] 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".[5]

Kilmeade has said that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi calling President Donald Trump a "racist" is "personally offensive". Previously, when then-Fox News colleague Glenn Beck called President Barack Obama a "racist" while appearing with Kilmeade on Fox & Friends, Kilmeade did not protest Beck's statement.[6]

"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."[7]

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."[8]

"All terrorists are Muslims"[edit]

In 2010, Kilmeade said "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims."[9] 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."[10]

"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?"[11]

"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 children of illegal immigrants who had been separated from their parents and put in detainment.[12][13]

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."[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Dawn Kilmeade (née DeGaetano), and they have three children: Brian, Kirstyn, and Kaitlyn.[16]


  • 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.
  • Kilmeade, Brian; Yaeger, Don (November 5, 2013). George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution. New York City: Sentinel HC. ISBN 978-1595231031., an historical novel based on facts of the Culper Ring spies who worked for George Washington during the American Revolution
  • Kilmeade, Brian & Yaeger, Don (November 3, 2015). Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History. New York City: Sentinel HC. ISBN 978-1591848066.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link), about President Thomas Jefferson and the First Barbary War
  • Kilmeade, Brian; Yaeger, Don (October 24, 2017). Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny. New York City: Sentinel HC. ISBN 978-0735213234., about President Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans
  • Kilmeade, Brian (November 5, 2019). Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History. New York, New York: Sentinel. ISBN 978-0525540533.


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b "Brian Kilmeade". Fox News. 23 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Bio". Archived from the original on November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Baragona, Justin (July 17, 2019). "Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Complains That Calling Trump a Racist 'Is Personally Offensive'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Love, Erik (2017). Islamophobia and Racism in America. NYU Press. p. 21.
  10. ^ Stelter, Brian. "Fox Host Says He 'Misspoke' About Muslims". Media Decoder Blog. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Miller, Hayley (October 15, 2018). "Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Calls Man-Made Climate Change A 'Point Of View'". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Bort, Ryan (October 15, 2018). "Trump in Five Words: 'I'm President and You're Not'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "Brian Kilmeade the News".

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