Fox Says Tucker Carlson Will Replace Megyn Kelly In Primetime

AP

Fox News named Tucker Carlson as Megyn Kelly’s replacement in the 9 p.m. ET time slot in an announcement Thursday morning.

Carlson will host “Tucker Carlson Tonight” from Washington, D.C. in the time slot previously occupied by “The Kelly File” beginning Jan. 9, according to a Fox News release.

21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch praised Carlson’s “spirited interviews and consistently strong performance” in the release.

“We look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime line-up,” Murdoch said.

Carlson took over for former Fox host Greta van Susteren in September 2016 after the longtime host announced her departure.

Kelly, who is currently the second most-watched cable news host on television, announced her move to a new position at NBC News in a statement released Tuesday.

The New York Times, citing unnamed people briefed on the negotiations, reported that Kelly’s deal at NBC included a daytime program, a Sunday evening news show and regular participation in major event and political coverage.

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