Saying “As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another Presidential run,” the former Arkansas governor announced tonight he was leaving his successful Fox News program to consider a presidential run. According to Huckabee he was not ready to make announcement but continuing to do his program while flirting with running was not fair to Fox News.
In his announcement Huckabee said in part:
Tonight I will do more than just say goodnight. I will say goodbye. This is the last edition of ‘Huckabee’ on the Fox News Channel. It’s been the ride of a lifetime, and I have never had so much fun in my life. But I also realize that God hasn’t put me on earth just to have a good time or to make a good living, but rather has put me on earth to try to make a good life.
There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for President. If I were willing to absolutely rule that out, I could keep doing this show. But I can’t make such a declaration. I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them nor is it possible for me to openly determine political and financial support to justify a race. The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox. As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another Presidential run.
Huckabee went on to praise Fox News head Roger Ailes and the staff who put together his program for six and a half years. He finished his final program with, “So as we say in television, stay tuned!”
In November the Washington Post reported Huckabee was building a political campaign team via his political advocacy group, meeting with the big GOP money men and exploring locations for a campaign headquarters in Little Rock. After that interview Fox began to speak to Huckabee about his future.
The full announcement can be seen on the video embedded above.