Fox News Could Be Getting New Host Soon

Sources say longtime commentator Laura Ingraham is in line for a promotion
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2017 6:49 PM CDT
Conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention last year in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – If sources are to be believed, Fox News could be headed toward its third major prime-time lineup shuffle this year. A "source with knowledge of the matter" tells CNN that Laura Ingraham is in talks with Fox executives to get her own show on the network. That report was confirmed to Variety by a "person familiar with the outlet's plans." Ingraham has been a contributor with Fox News since 2007 and has filled in for both Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly on occasion. Talks are said to be in their early stages, and nothing has been finalized. Neither Fox News nor Ingraham have commented.

Fox News had to switch up its prime-time lineup earlier this year, first with the departure of Megyn Kelly and then again when O'Reilly was ousted amid sexual harassment allegations, the Los Angeles Times reports. Now, the networks is faced with the possibility of host Eric Bolling, also facing sexual harassment allegations, getting the boot, as well. That would create an opening for Ingraham, a strident supporter of President Trump who sources say could be a good fit between Hannity and Tucker Carlson. “She’s always been a go-to solution for Fox News,” one source says. Giving Ingraham her own show could also allow Fox News to move Hannity up an hour to compete directly with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. (Read more Laura Ingraham stories.)

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