The New York Times’ Campbell Robertson profiles FNC’s “Red Eye”…
John Moody, an executive vice president at Fox News, described it this way: “It’s sort of like making a sandwich late at night. You just grab what’s in the fridge and put it all together.”
Last summer, Mr. Moody and Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, decided to fill that unexploited time slot with something aimed at 20- and 30-somethings. Scott Norvell, the network’s London bureau chief, suggested Greg Gutfeld, who was living in London at the time and working on a book, as a possible host.
Mr. Gutfeld, 42, a compact but enormously animated man (“a drugged-up turtle” as he referred to his on-screen presence), was known for injecting his dark, absurdist humor into a series of magazines he edited: Men’s Health, then Stuff, then the British version of Maxim. Among his endeavors were going on a pub crawl with a leper and hiring a group of dwarfs to infiltrate a magazine conference.
Management was not always amused. (His contract was not renewed at British Maxim last spring.) But he kept attracting buzz, and continued to do so during his tenure as a blogger at The Huffington Post, where he stood out like a drunk who crashes a cocktail party.