‘Fox and Friends’ host Brian Kilmeade says Jacksonville needs a ‘rebuild’

'It's just a mess. The city needs to be revitalized.'

The 7 a.m. hour of Thursday’s Fox and Friends began with a host’s unsolicited attack on Jacksonville.

Longtime host Brian Kilmeade offered narration over b-roll that included the Main Street Bridge headed into Downtown.

“The city of Jacksonville’s got such great potential. They’ve got these bridges. Beautiful scenery. They’ve got to rebuild that city,” Kilmeade said, with Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” blaring as backing track.

Asked by co-host Ainsley Earhardt to clarify that take, Kilmeade continued to go in on the so-called Bold New City of the South.

“It’s just a mess. The city needs to be revitalized. It has all this potential, overlooking the water,” Kilmeade contended.

It wasn’t all negativity from the “Fox and Friends” host though. He’s bullish about the Jacksonville football team.

“Right over to the right is the Jaguars’ stadium. I think they’ve added like seven or eight free agents. This might be the year with a brand-new coach, where they probably get on the winning side of things,” Kilmeade said.

One wonders if Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, a Republican who has appeared on the Fox News Channel on occasion, will be given a segment to respond.

Curry did not offer a comment when asked Thursday.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Frankie M.

    March 31, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Shots fired! Your move Lenny.

    But seriously Kilmeade does bring up a good point. Jax has been “revitalizing” for the better part of a half century now.

    Hopefully BK stays away from Jax so as not to get infected by our mediocrity.

    • Paul

      April 6, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      Maybe all of those one-sided, racist monuments to the Confederacy is not help our city image at all!

  • Justin Ptak

    March 31, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    He is not wrong, you know.

  • Josh Beauchamp

    March 31, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    What was the context? Why were they discussing Jax in the first place?

  • Norman Lesmerises

    April 2, 2022 at 2:55 am

    JAX is improving. We now have daily shootings all over town! None of this mediocre monthly shots fired of the 80’s.

  • Michael Hoffmann

    April 4, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Another Ponte Vedra know-it-all. Move to Duval and then run his mouth!. Kilmeade doesn’t pay taxes here nor does he vote here.

    Seriously, these original boomers are ignoring the basics, that is, resiliency. I know that isn’t as sexy as a 5-star hotel with river view, but one more Irma may put that site under water for a few weeks.

    We also need more housing, but not on waterfront property.

    AG — As for Fox media: Do you get combat pay to listen to that claptrap?

  • Peter Harding

    April 6, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    With all the money promised and support for our Sheriff and the JSO for more officers and equipment the murder rate has steadily increased? What is going on here?

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