In the latest in Fox News’ steady stream of personnel turnover, which has seen the departure of chairman Roger Ailes as well as several notable hosts including Andrea Tantaros and Megyn Kelly, the network stunned loyal fans by announcing that it had parted ways with The O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly, who had been with Fox News for more than two decades, had reportedly fallen out of favor with 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch because of the controversy surrounding his sexual harassment lawsuits. Fox News quickly found the replacement for O’Reilly’s former time slot.
Numerous people were mentioned as candidates to inherit O’Reilly’s time slot, but Fox News tapped Tucker Carlson, who has been dominating the ratings with his program Tucker Carlson Tonight. Tucker had just recently scored a promotion by taking over Megyn Kelly’s former The Kelly File time slot.
Even hyper-liberal media network National Public Radio acknowledged what a big deal this is for Tucker. Stated NPR’s David Folkenflik via Twitter, “NPR can report that @TuckerCarlson will take O’Reilly’s 8 p.m. slot. A new generation takes over the most valuable real estate in cable news.”
Carlson is considered to be a safe choice for Fox News, as he is one of the network’s most recognizable faces and is not mired in any controversy that might cause Fox News to lose any advertisers. Do you think Tucker Carlson was the right choice?