Fox News Mulls Hannity and Other  Primetime Changes After Tucker Carlson Exit

Fox News Channel is considering “multiple scenarios” for its primetime lineup after the ouster of Tucker Carlson, with the network declining to comment on a recent report that veteran Sean Hannity might move into its primetime lead-off hour at 8 p.m.

“No decision has been made on a new primetime line-up and there are multiple scenarios under consideration,” Fox News said in a statement Wednesday. Since Carlson was ousted in late April, Fox News has filled his hour with “Fox News Tonight,” an opinion show that relies on a rotating array of hosts. Lawrence Jones, Brian Kilmeade and Kayleigh McEnany are among those who have filled the seat for a week.

Fox News issued the comment in the wake of The Drudge Report posting the a plan it said could be underway: moving Sean Hannity to 8 p.m.; switching Jesse Watters, who has fared well at 7 p.m., into the primetime schedule; and pushing Greg Gutfeld, who hosts a late-night-styled 11 p.m. program, into the primetime mix as well.

Such a move would have significant ramifications that would not dovetail with recent Fox News strategy. Gutfeld’s 11 p.m. program has been a break-out success with the network’s viewers, and has extended the outlet’s opinion block from 7 p.m. to midnight. Watters’ show at 7 has also been considered successful. Watters is also more right-leaning than others on the roster and he got his start making appearances at 8 p.m. on Bill O’Reilly’s show, making him appear as a natural fit. But people familiar with Fox News say executives have suggested that Watters is doing well in the 7 p.m. hour he began anchoring in 2022 and that they could be loath to move him.

There would also be a question about Laura Ingraham, who has led Fox’s 10 p.m. hour since launching her program, “The Ingraham Angle,” in the fall of 2017.

Moving Hannity to 8, meanwhile, would put the veteran host in a different hour for the third time during his time with Fox News. He has previously anchored both the 9 and 10 slots. In recent months, Fox News has paired Hannity with a live, in-studio crowd, adding new elements to a tenure that has lasted since Fox News launched in 1996, when Hannity was paired with left-leaning co-anchor Alan Colmes.

Just last week, Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox News corporate parent Fox Corp., indicated that the company saw no reason to change the network’s current model in primetime. “There’s no change to our programming strategy at Fox News. It’s obviously a successful strategy,” he told investors during a call to discuss the company’s most recent earnings report.

(Excerpt) Read more in: Variety


Fox News Mulls Hannity and Other Primetime Changes After Tucker Carlson Exit

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