With the news breaking that Megyn Kelly is departing Fox News for a spot over with NBC News, the cable network did not apparently waste a lot of time figuring out what they wanted to do next.
According to The Drudge Report, Tucker Carlson, who currently hosts a broadcast on the network at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, will move back two hours to 9:00. He will air his show now following “The O’Reilly Factor,” which allows Fox to minimize a little bit of risk here. They already know that Carlson has an audience, and while they could have made an even bolder move (Tomi Lahren is a name that’s been discussed by many fans out there), this is one that will probably perform very well for them.
As for who is going to be replacing Carlson’s old timeslot, it appears right now that Martha MacCallum is the one likely to pick that up.
We’re writing this as someone who is not a Fox News viewer, so we cannot really offer up any commentary as to whether or not these are the right moves for them. However, we do know that with their ratings and their audience in mind, it’s not so much about individual names for them as it is appealing to the base. We’ve seen that there is a commitment that viewers will make to keep watching the show, provided of course that they feel as though their voice is being heard and represented.
If you missed it, yesterday we posted a message from Kelly explaining her decision to leave “The Kelly File,” citing a need for further “human connection” with her children back home and an opportunity to try something different. In her new post, she will operate more in daytime, and have a chance to do some different things while also still taking part in election coverage.
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