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Karl Rove has been placed on a forced hiatus by Fox News following his election night "tantrum."
The former White House Chief of staff has been temporarily red-flagged from appearing on Fox News, according to reports, as the network attempts to distance itself from faces that were prevalent during the presidential elections. Rove and his fellow political analyst Dick Morris wrongly predicted that Romney would take the lead.
Rove was also accused on "throwing a tantrum" on election night after it was declared that President Obama had won Ohio. Rove openly argued live on Fox news that the network had made a mistake and that Romney had won Ohio. He was then ridiculed by news anchor Megyn Kelly, who questioned whether his math was a way of attempting to make Republicans feel better.
Now Fox News chief Roger Ailes is attempting to protect the network brand, which includes taking a break from certain faces Rove and Morris being two of them.
"Ailes's deputy, Fox News programming chief Bill Shine, has sent out orders mandating that producers must get permission before booking Rove or Morris," New York magazine reported. "Both pundits made several appearances in the days after the election, but their visibility on the network has dropped markedly."
Other reports argue that it wont be a career end for Roves, pointing out that outside of being a pundit he is also head of the major political action committee Crossroads GPS, and played a crucial role during the elections of former President George W. Bush.
But Rove's career with Fox may have come to a halt for now. While New York magazine confirmed with a Fox spokesperson that the decision was made in light of the fact that the "election's over," other sources have also stated that Ailes was furious about Rove's on-air tantrum.
"Sure, Rove's reservations were proven to be off base, but it was illuminating to see thoughtful debate happen on camera that normally would never make air," one user prompted.