The Drudge Report shared a “siren-blaring scoop” on Wednesday, announcing that Fox News is about to announce a major shakeup following the departure of Tucker Carlson.
Matt Drudge reports that the network will transfer longtime host Sean Hannity to the 8 p.m. time slot.
“WORLD EXCLUSIVE: FOXNEWS SETS NEW SCHEDULE” read the headline from Drudge, who noted Hannity’s new time slot as well as reports that both Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld would be heading to prime time.
“Watters currently hosts one of Fox’s top-rated shows at 7 p.m. while Gutfeld hosts a highly-rated late-night show at 11 p.m. — both co-host Fox’s top-rated program The Five at 5 p.m. Hannity, meanwhile, broke the record for longest-running cable news prime time host in April of 2022, eclipsing Larry King at 25 years, six months, and 15 days,” Mediaite reported.
“FOXNEWS is preparing to announce an ambitious new schedule, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, a schedule where ever hour of primetime will change!” Drudge reported. “TOP SOURCE TELLS DRUDGE: ‘IT’S OUR BOLDEST AND MOST FEARLESS LINE-UP EVER’…”
A spokesperson for Fox News told Mediaite, “No decision has been made on a new primetime lineup, and multiple scenarios are being considered.”
DRUDGE: Fox News to move Sean Hannity to 8pm ET to replace Tucker, then will be followed by Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld. pic.twitter.com/aC69c9agY4
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There have been weeks of speculation about who the network may choose to replace Carlson.
Who Will Replace Tucker Carlson on Fox News? Here Are Mediaite’s Top Picks,” in which staff members compiled a roster of prospective hosts who could fill Carlson’s coveted 8 PM time slot.
In its report, Mediaite suggested that Fox News could simply switch Watters, Ingraham, and Hannity to the 8 p.m. time slot and tryout a new host in a later time slot. Thus, a more experienced host would merely assume Carlson’s position on the network.
In the event that Fox News retains the primetime hosts in their current time slots, Mediaite has suggested the following six candidates to replace Tucker Carlson:
Greg Gutfeld — who hosts “The Five” and his late-night comedy show “Gutfeld!”
Tulsi Gabbard — a former Democratic lawmaker and 2020 presidential candidate
Kayleigh McEnany — former press secretary in the Trump administration
Brian Kilmeade — a longtime host and figure at Fox News
Pete Hegseth — a co-host and contributor at Fox News
Jesse Watters — who hosts “The Five” and his own primetime show
Time will tell what Fox News decides to do, but the dismissal of Tucker Carlson sparked a social media firestorm this week.
Carlson was reportedly “blindsided” when CEO Suzanne Scott informed him via telephone that he had been dismissed.
According to an Independent report, Carlson was fired as he was negotiating a new contract that would have kept him at the network through 2029.
Now, a former Fox News host believes he understands why Carlson was fired.
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
During an interview with Chris Cuomo of News Nation, Bill O’Reilly — the former Fox News host who previously occupied the coveted primetime 8 PM time slot — argued that he believes Carlson was fired because the network is facing a slew of lawsuits related to the 2020 election. CONTINUE READING…