WASHINGTON, January 5, 2016 —Daily Caller founder and current Fox News host Tucker Carlson will replace Megyn Kelly in the coveted 9 p.m. slot on Fox News. The move comes just weeks after Carlson took over the 7 p.m. hour, where he gained high ratings and became popular for his provocative conversations with his guests. Kelly has inked a new deal with NBC.
The announcement of Carlson’s newest promotion sets up the first all-male primetime news and personality lineup on cable news outlets since the launch of Fox News in 1996. Carlson initially replaced Greta Van Susteren, who left the network in September and is now moving to MSNBC.
The choice to replace the departing Kelly with Carlson is being seen as an attempt to draw conservative viewers back to the network. Many of these viewers stopped watching Fox in protest over Kelly’s attacks against Donald Trump during the recent Presidential election.
Since the launch of his new show, Carlson has been steadily gaining attention for his pointed and convincing confrontations with his liberal guests. Rupert Murdoch praised Carlson’s performance, which has attracted considerable viewership and enthusiasm over a short period of time:
“In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance. Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful prime-time lineup.”
Carlson’s promotion puts an end to the mystery over who would replace Kelly, who will be assuming several roles at NBC News under a contract that was actually not as generous as Fox News’ reported $25 million final offer.
Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum will replace Carlson at 7 p.m. starting January 17, with a new news show entitled “The First 100 Days,” which will focus on President-elect Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. In his statement, Murdoch praised MacCallum as
“… a versatile and skilled anchor who has proven to be an essential component of our news programming. For the last 12 years, our viewers have trusted her reporting and we are pleased she will be part of our primetime line-up for the first 100 days of the new presidency.”
Carlson will continue to host Fox & Friends on the weekends but will no longer run editorial operations at the Daily Caller. He had previously held on-air positions with CNN and MSNBC.