(Liberty Bell) – Ever since Tucker Carlson was booted from the prime time lineup over at Fox News, folks have been speculating about who might end up being the replacement chosen to fill in his time slot. That individual would have one heck of a big pair of shoes to fill as Carlson’s program was pulling in three million viewers on a nightly basis, making the popular pundit a ratings juggernaut in the 8 p.m. time slot.
Well, Lorri Wickenhauser of The Western Journal reports, we now know that Fox is putting long-time conservative favorite Sean Hannity in the eight o’clock slot.
Wickenhauser stated that the Drudge Report featured a major headline that read, “HANNITY FOXNEWS SHOWCASE: MOVES TO 8 PM.”
Just above the announcement, a kicker revealed some of the early details about the move, saying, “FOXNEWS preparing to announce ambitious new schedule, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, a schedule where every hour of primetime will change!”
It then went on to quote a “top source” that said, “It’s our boldest and most fearless line-up ever.”
No offense to Hannity, but I doubt that. Tucker Carlson was not afraid to talk about any topic or subject that he knew was important to his viewers and to the cause of protecting American liberty. In fact, it’s likely that this approach to journalism, i.e., telling the truth, is what got him fired from Fox to begin with. After all, he wasn’t afraid to call out Dominion Voting Systems and question the official narrative about the reason behind their machines’ errors.
“A subheadline indicated that popular Fox News personalities Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld will get primetime shows. However, the Mediaite story linked to that statement quoted a Fox News representative as denying the report,” Wickenhauser wrote.
“No decision has been made on a new primetime line-up and there are multiple scenarios under consideration,” the spokesperson commented on the rumors.
Wickenhauser then pointed out that the network saw a massive drop in its viewership after the news broke about Carlson being let go.
“Almost immediately, viewership in the 8 p.m. time slot formerly held by ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ dropped by roughly one-half, from an average of 3 million to 1.48 million,” she remarked. “Advertisers also departed after the decision, but many have since been returning to the 8 p.m. time slot, according to Mediaite.”
Hannity is a powerhouse in the conservative movement who has been a long time fixture on the network, kicking off his time with Fox back in 1996 when he started co-hosting “Hannity and Colmes,” which featured liberal colleague Alan Colmes. Colmes left the show in 2009 and Hannity was given his own solo program.
“Last year, Hannity broke the record for longest-running prime-time cable news host, topping Larry King’s previous record of 25 years, six months and 15 days, Mediaite reported,” The Western Journal noted.
There has been no response from Tucker Carlson on his social media accounts concerning the rumors of Hannity being his replacement as of this writing.
Carlson has largely been unfazed by Fox News cutting him loose, as he’s already announced plans to begin hosting a new show on Twitter that will be similar to his previous program.
“There aren’t many platforms left that allow free speech,” Carlson went on to say in a video published on Twitter. “The last big one remaining in the world, the only one is Twitter, where we are now.”
We’re back. pic.twitter.com/sG5t9gr60O
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) May 9, 2023
“However, just days after that announcement, Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced his pick for an executive to take over the day-to-day operations of the company was Linda Yaccarino, a former NBC Universal advertising executive,” Wickenhauser added. “Many tweeted their objections to that choice, saying she is unlikely to allow any degree of free speech on the platform.”
I am excited to welcome Linda Yaccarino as the new CEO of Twitter!@LindaYacc will focus primarily on business operations, while I focus on product design & new technology.
Looking forward to working with Linda to transform this platform into X, the everything app. https://t.co/TiSJtTWuky
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2023
Musk then attempted to reassure the platform’s users, saying, “I hear your concerns, but don’t judge too early. I am adamant about defending free speech, even if it means losing money.”
I hear your concerns, but don’t judge too early. I am adamant about defending free speech, even if it means losing money.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2023
We’ll find out soon enough whether or not Musk is a man of his word.
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