Alan Colmes, the host of FOX News Radio’s 6pm-9pm Eastern syndicated talk show The Alan Colmes Show and a fixture at FOX News for two decades, has passed away after a brief illness. He was 66.
The Alan Colmes Show is in its 14th year on FOX News Radio, broadcasting from studios in New York. It airs on FOX News Talk, found on Sirius XM Channel 126.
A family statement released this morning from wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley notes, “He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.”
Colmes rose to fame as the liberal-leaning co-host of FOX News Channel’s Hannity and Colmes political debate show, in which he was pitted against conservative talk show host Sean Hannity. The show aired from 1996-2009.
Colmes’ wife Jocelyn is the sister of former FOX News host Monica Crowley.
Commenting on the loss of Colmes, Hannity said, “The Fox family, Dr. Jocelyn Colmes, Monica Crowley and me personally have lost one of life’s most decent, kind and wonderful people you’d ever want to meet. When Alan and I started Hannity and Colmes, there wasn’t a day that went by where we didn’t say we were two most fortunate men in all television. Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship. Alan, in the midst of great sickness and illness, showed the single greatest amount of courage I’ve ever seen. And, through it all, he showed his incredible wit and humor that was Alan’s signature throughout his entire life. I’m truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend.”
It was not immediately known if The Alan Colmes Show will go into “best-of” mode or continue with fill-in hosts ahead of a permanent decision from FOX News.
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