Megyn Kelly, a SiriusXM podcaster, spoke with a former Fox News colleague on his Newsmax TV program on Wednesday evening to assess the situation at their former company following the network’s decision to fire top star Tucker Carlson.
In an interview with Newsmax host Eric Bolling, Kelly appeared to divulge confidential information indicating that senior management is experiencing ‘panic’ As a result of the Carlson ruling, Fox News has lost its preeminence over all other cable news competitors.
“They’re terrified. They don’t know what to do,” she said to Bolling as several prime-time shows have lost more than a million viewers since Carlson’s dismissal and are now narrowly topping MSNBC or losing out to the far-left network while CNN stays firmly in third place.
“There was a day when they didn’t view digital as a threat and as a competitor,” she said. “That day is gone.”
Kelly added that Carlson could be the deal-breaker if or when he is released from his contract, and that she has been prohibited from Fox News due to the network management’s growing fear of streaming services.
“Fox won’t let any single personality come on my show … because they understand that we’re a threat,” she said, adding: “Fox is not the monopoly it used to be.”
“I don’t have to tell you that, given the ratings surge that you’re enjoying at the moment, and well deserved,” Kelly told Bolling. “So, they can’t let him go because he’s a threat to them.”
Current reports indicate that Carlson’s contract with Fox expires in January 2025, months after the November elections.
“What if Tucker went someplace and actually launched a live broadcast at [his previous timeslot]? They’d get seriously hurt even worse than they have,” she predicted.
“The ratings, my gosh. They’re terrible! We are four weeks post-Tucker’s termination in the anchor desk role at 8:00 p.m., and they are down 64% in the key advertising [demographic] … they’ve lost two-thirds of their younger audience and more than half of their older audience in the 8:00 p.m.,” Kelly added. “The boycott is working, and it’s continuing.”
“That’s not sustainable. Fox cannot allow that to go on,” she continued. “I don’t know what the solution is other than hiring Tucker back, which they’re definitely not going to do.”
“But the next best move would be to free him up, so at least you release some of the anger from among his core fans,” Kelly told Bolling.
Earlier this month, as Carlson’s departure caused the ratings to plummet, Kelly derided her former employer with a new moniker.
“My audience is calling them Foxweiser,” Kelly said, alluding to Bud Light’s sharp drop in sales as a result of their disastrous recent partnership with trans activist and biological man Dylan Mulvaney, who identifies as a woman.
She disclosed more alarming information about Fox’s ratings decline at the time, stating that the network had only “about a third of their audience left.”
“I mean, that’s stunning,” she added.
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The network’s primary revenue source, primetime programming, has been severely impacted by the ratings decrease. “Almost 40%, down 39%, in the 10 p.m…. down 24% in the demo, down almost 20% in the total, and I could go on,” Kelly continued. CONTINUE READING…