Tucker Carlson will take over the 7 p.m. ET timeslot formerly occupied by Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel, first reported by the L.A. Times and confirmed by TheWrap.
Fox News declined comment, but Brit Hume tweeted the news. He has been filling in for Van Susteren since she abruptly left the network earlier this year.
Van Susteren left the network in September, later explaining that it “has not felt like home to me for a few years.” The former “On the Record” host added, “I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait.”
Great news! @TuckerCarlson will take over On the Record after the election as the new host. Congratulations to him. Terrific choice!
— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 3, 2016
The conservative Carlson is considered a favorite of 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch and the move is a sign that Fox News doesn’t plan on scrapping the right-leaning opinion shows that have been successful for the last 20 years.
Carlson founded The Daily Caller, a conservative news website. The Times reports that he would “likely take a passive ownership role” in the site once his new gig starts.
The new program won’t necessarily be titled, “On The Record,” which occupied the timeslot under both Van Susteren and Hume. Carlson joined Fox News as a contributor in 2009 and became a co-host on the weekend edition of “Fox & Friends” in 2013.
Van Susteren left the network after 14 years only minutes after Fox News announced a settlement in the sexual harassment suit that Gretchen Carlson brought against former Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
“I count Greta a friend and I’m sorry to see her go,” Hume told viewers back when he first took her spot. It’s known in media circles that Hume didn’t want the job on a permanent basis and was simply stepping in through the election. His next handoff will be to Carlson.
SOURCE: TheWrap – Brian Flood