Some viewers have accused Fox News host Jeanine Pirro of being intoxicated during a live Saturday night broadcast of her show.
Pirro, a former New York state judge and district attorney, apologized for arriving 15 minutes late for the broadcast, citing “technical difficulties.” The host seemed somewhat frazzled and her hair was out of place.
A clip of her discussing a possible rollback on restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak went viral on social media.
“Just the other day, the president talked — there was hoping about the possibility of reopening everything on Easter Sunday in a way where we could kind of come out of this quarantine, as loose as it may be, that we’re involved in,” Pirro said before bringing on Fox News contributor Lisa Marie to discuss “whether or not that’s even a possibility.”
Liberal commentators led the allegations that the pro-Trump personality was “clearly drunk.”
Vox editor Aaron Rupar tweeted: “OMG. What is Fox News doing putting someone on the air in the condition?”
Judge Jeanine missed the first segment of her show tonight because of “technical difficulties” and then hosted the rest of it in this condition pic.twitter.com/KxGGBXUkly
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2020
Liberal blogger Bill Palmer predicted Pirro’s tenure at Fox News could be over.
“Fox News clearly doesn’t have many standards. But this might be a bridge too far even for them,” he said.
However, the network said Pirro had simply been dealing with the challenges of taping the show at her home for the first time.
“Jeanine Pirro was broadcasting from her home for the first time when she encountered several technical difficulties which impacted the quality of her show, including the loss of a teleprompter,”a spokesman told the Daily Mail.
“As we have previously said, we are operating with a reduced staff working remotely to ensure the health and safety of our employees in these unprecedented times.”
Pirro also cited the challenging conditions to defend herself on Twitter before telling one critics to “Keep hating.”
Keep hating. U wear it well.
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 29, 2020
Meanwhile, some on the right celebrated Pirro’s performance, inebriated or not.
“I loved [Judge Jeanine] yesterday. I love her even more today,” said right-wing British commentator Katie Hopkins. “Good on you girlfriend xx.”
I loved #JudgeJeanine yesterday. I love her even more today.
She is all of us.
Good on you girlfriend xx pic.twitter.com/7sLeaS05VI
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 29, 2020
Judge Jeanine doesn’t need to be drunk to cause controversy
Pirro has lately had a rocky relationship with Fox News. Last March, she was apparently suspended from the network for three week over controversial comments about Muslim congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat.
During a September radio interview, Pirro was caught on mot mic confirming the suspension and revealing that Fox News keeps a tight leash on her appearances.
President Donald Trump, though, has remained firmly supportive of Pirro. During her suspension, he urged Fox News to “[b]ring back” the host.
Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox …..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
Globally, nearly 700,000 people have been infected and more than 32,000 have died, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracking website. The U.S. death toll has reached 2,119, with nearly 125,000 people having tested positive for the disease, the most of any country.