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Walsh, a former GOP congressman from Illinois and outspoken critic of Trump, tweeted that he was “not surprised” but “disappointed” by the decision, which he attributed to his criticism of the former president.
“Some bad news. Looks like I lost my radio show. The network is run by a big Trumper, and he’s wanted to start me for a while. Looks like it finally happened,” Walsh tweeted Wednesday night.
Some bad news. Looks like I lost my radio show. The network is run by a big Trumper, and he’s wanted to start me for a while. Looks like it finally happened.
Not surprised, but I’m disgusted. I thought it was so important to have ONE conservative anti-Trump voice on the radio.
—Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 27, 2021
“The Joe Walsh Show” debuted on the network last year and aired weekdays from 4-6 p.m.
The program was still listed on the Gab Radio Network website on Thursday, with the show’s description touting Walsh as “the ONLY conservative anti-Trumpism voice in conservative talk radio.”
Gab Radio Network did not immediately respond to The Hill’s requests for comment.
Walsh, who issued a long-running challenge to Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination, said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday that his show had been dropped days earlier.
“I went into the studio about a week, a week and a half ago and the show was pulled from the air,” Walsh said.
Former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh said he lost his radio show because he was not a Trump supporter.
“The lesson here is if you want to be viable in conservative media, you can’t be anti-Trump,” Walsh said. “If you’re outspoken like me against Trump, you don’t belong.” pic.twitter.com/lVnCrpRKvn
– New Day (@NewDay) May 27, 2021
This is the second time Walsh has been taken off the air.
In August 2019, shortly after announcing his main Trump challenge, Salem Radio Network announced that it was canceling Walsh’s national radio show on that network, which was also called “The Joe Walsh Show”.
Walsh initially backed Trump as a candidate and president, but after becoming critical he said he regretted his pro-Trump rhetoric because it likely helped promote Trump’s political success.
“It’s not the first time this has happened to me,” Walsh told CNN on Thursday after losing his show. “I am a conservative. I am a loud and outspoken anti-Trump conservative. And it’s just not suited for conservative talk radio.