Megyn Kelly is moving to primetime.
The popular Fox News host will move into a primetime slot when she returns from maternity leave. It’s unclear what time slot Kelly will occupy but CEO Roger Ailes clearly wants to put Kelly in a more visible position at the network.
Ailes said: “Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filled and surpassed each role we have given her at the network… Her ability to command the screen, delve into the facts and lead a debate is what makes her one of the most sought-after anchors in the business.”
Kelly added: “Roger Ailes hired me nine years ago when I was new to this business and he had little other than instinct to suggest it might work out. I was grateful to him then, remain so today, and am excited for this next opportunity.”
Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity currently occupy two primetime hours on Fox. There have been rumors that Kelly would be replacing Greta Van Susteren during the 10 pm slot but Susteren recently said that she had a “long term contract” with Fox for a primetime slot.
Van Susteren cleared up the rumors on her blog, writing: “I am very busy here in Florida so let me just quickly blog this: I am not going anywhere. I have a long term contract with Fox and it is for a show in ‘prime time.’ Done, ok?”
Ok, so Susteren isn’t going anywhere. Now where does that put Kelly? In a press release, Fox merely said that “Megyn Kelly will move to FOX News Channel’s primetime lineup upon her return from maternity leave.” It’s unclear where she’ll be going in her lineup and if she’ll have her own show.