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Fox News’ is still deciding who will take over the network’s prime-time spot previously held by Tucker Carlson, the network said Wednesday, after a report claimed Sean Hannity had been picked to take the 8 p.m. slot following the stunning ouster of the network’s top star earlier this month.
The network is considering “multiple scenarios” but “no decision” on a new prime-time line-up has been made, a Fox News Spokesperson told Forbes.
The response follows a Drudge Report story published earlier Wednesday which claimed the network’s plan was for Hannity to replace Carlson, with Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld rounding out the prime-time line-up.
Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox News, said “there’s no change to programming strategy,” while on an earnings call with investors last week, Variety reported.
Since Carlson was abruptly ousted last month, a variety of people have hosted the 8 p.m. slot including Brian Kilmeade, Kayleigh McEnany and Lawrence Jones.
For years Carlson was the network’s star, known for his brash prime-time interviews after getting his start as a contributor in 2009 and gaining a prime-time slot in 2016 after the departure of Bill O’Reilly. In recent months he’s made headlines for his role in the massive defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems, which alleged several of the network’s hosts—including Carlson—broadcast conspiracy theories about the voting machine company. The host was also hit with a lawsuit claiming he subjected a former employee to a hostile and discriminatory work environment. Last month, Fox announced that it was parting ways with the anchor without citing a reason. The Wall Street Journal later reported that his vulgar language with colleagues led to his firing. Carlson’s show quickly became one of the most watched on cable TV and at Fox.
Coincidentally on Wednesday, CNN announced its own primetime shakeup. Current morning host and former White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins is getting her own primetime spot in June when she begins hosting the network’s 9 p.m. hour.
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