The void left in conservative talk radio by the February death of Rush Limbaugh can never be completely filled, but the rise of popular commentator Dan Bongino into his noon to 3 p.m. weekday time slot in many major markets – and his announcement of an appearance by former President Donald Trump on his debut show – offers listeners cause for real excitement.
The planned chat with Trump was first announced last week in a blog post from Bongino, who was chosen back in March by Cumulus Media to step into Limbaugh’s longtime afternoon broadcast window, as The Hill noted.
Though clearly thrilled to move into such a prominent position in the conservative talk radio landscape, Bongino made it clear during an appearance of his own on Fox & Friends that he has an impossible act to follow, saying, “There’s no replacing Rush okay? None. It’s never gonna happen. But, me being in that timeslot, I really hope to do some honor to his legacy.”
The daily program hosted by Bongino, a former U.S. Secret Service agent, businessman, author, podcast host, and Fox News contributor, is also slated to be broadcast on that cable network’s own streaming platform, Fox Nation. He will also launch a new weekend Fox News program on June 5 in the time slot previously held by Greg Gutfeld, who now hosts a late-night show on the network five days a week.
Trump’s appearance on Monday’s show did not disappoint, as the former president took time to assure the host, one of his staunchest supporters in recent years, “You’re gonna have a big hit, you’re gonna have big success,” as Vanity Fair noted.
The pair proceeded to tackle topics such as unidentified aerial phenomena, in which Trump said he is “not such a believer,” to the possibility that the former commander in chief will make another run at the White House in 2024.
“We need you man, we need you big time,” Bongino declared as he urged Trump to re-enter the political arena. Trump assured the host he was seriously exploring the possibility, saying, “Well, I’ll tell you what, we’re going to make you very happy, we’re going to do what’s right…we’ll let you know at the right time, but certainly – I’m looking at [running] very seriously.”
Never one to back away from a fight, Bongino has notably engaged in a number of heated on-air exchanges with Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera, including a recent clash over the Israeli—Palestinian conflict in which the later grew so frustrated with his conservative counterpart that he labeled him “a punk,” threw a wad of paper, and turned his back on the camera, as the Washington Examiner reported.
Whether Bongino’s new radio venture gains serious ratings traction remains to be seen, but anyone who can drive liberal media pundits into such fits of stuttering rage is well-suited indeed to assume the mantle of the irreplaceable Rush.