After the unceremonious dismissal of adored anchor Tucker Carlson, a tumultuous shakeup was inevitable at Fox News.
Now, it appears that the shake-up will not only involve who replaces Carlson in the crucial primetime programming block, but will also involve network-wide changes.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Fox News has chosen comedian and “The Five” co-host Jesse Watters to replace Tucker Carlson at 8 p.m. ET.
And unlike the revolving ensemble of personalities that Fox had previously employed, Watters’ appointment appears to be permanent.
Watters, who also anchors the popular “Jesse Watters Primetime,” has been considered a rising star at the abruptly struggling news network for some time.
His wit has distinguished him (in primarily positive ways) from the cable news masses.
It now appears that Watters’ wit and popularity have contributed to a promotion of sorts.
For many media observers, it will be intriguing to see if Watters’ general popularity can come close to compensating for Carlson’s firing’s precipitous drop in viewership.
For traditional Fox News viewers, it remains to be seen whether Watters is the network’s urgently needed cure.
Watter’s promotion is not the only change coming to Fox News’ prestigious primetime program, the Journal reports, perhaps acknowledging that Carlson’s departure would not be a straightforward fix.
The conservative provocateur and presenter of “The Ingraham Angle,” Laura Ingraham, will move to an earlier time slot.
According to the claim, Ingraham’s talk program will now air at 7:00 pm ET.
In addition, Fox News presenter Greg Gutfeld, who employs wit and humor to great effect, will advance an hour.
The Journal reported that Gutfeld’s program will broadcast at 10 p.m. ET.
As the network continued its post-Carlson reorganization, Fox News announced earlier this month significant changes to its weekend lineup.
These weekend adjustments included replacing Dan Bongino (who departed the network due to scheduling conflicts) and Steve Hilton (who left to focus on politics).
For Fox News, it remains to be seen whether all of these changes will reverse the network’s downward trend.
In addition to the viewership loss caused by Carlson’s departure, Fox News has recently found itself in the midst of a cultural storm.
As revelation after revelation revealed that the ostensibly conservative news network fully complied with and supported far-left LGBT causes, Fox News has come under intense scrutiny, particularly from conservatives.