As former Fox News viewers continue to abandon the network following the removal of top-rated host Tucker Carlson, executives have announced Carlson’s replacement.
At least for the following week.
The network announced on Friday that former South Carolina Republican congressman Trey Gowdy, who hosts a popular weekend program, will be seated in the host’s chair the following week.
Currently, Gowdy hosts “Sunday Night in America With Trey Gowdy” every weekend at 7 p.m. His program attracts approximately twice as many viewers as liberal competitors MSNBC and CNN do during the same time slot.
The Washington Examiner reported that MSNBC airs the earlier broadcast of Inside with Jen Psaki at that time, while CNN Newsroom occupies the CNN time slot.
Since Carlson’s departure, Brian Kilmeade, Lawrence Jones, Kayleigh McEnany, and Will Cain have occupied the time slot, according to the news source.
The Drudge Report published a “siren-blaring scoop” on Wednesday, stating that Fox News is about to announce a major shake-up following Tucker Carlson’s departure from the network.
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” was the headline published by Drudge, who also reported that Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld would be moving 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 every 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.”
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 termination of Tucker Carlson ignited a social media firestorm.
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