Laura Ingraham may be headed to Fox News on a full-time basis as the host of her own Monday-through-Friday prime-time show.
A longtime Fox News contributor and substitute host on the network, Ingraham also anchored her own program on MSNBC in the 1990s. Along with her syndicated radio show, she is also the editor in chief of the LifeZette website and a commentator on ABC’s This Week.
Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report got the ball rolling earlier this week with a tweet suggesting that Ingraham was in negotiations with FNC.
“A source familiar with the network’s plans confirmed Ingraham is in talks with the network for a possible program,” the Hillclaimed.
If this plan comes to fruition, media industry observers presume that Ingraham would take over the 9 p.m. slot. If so, that likely means that the ensemble show The Five would go back to its original 5 p.m. platform where it thrived as a surprise hit. The Five was originally conceived as a temporary placeholder when Glenn Beck left to form his own network.
In that scenario, Sean Hannity would stay at 10 p.m. There is some alternative speculation that Hannity could move back to 9 p.m. instead.
Fox News has engaged in a lot of musical chairs with its prime-time lineup following the abrupt departure of Bill O’Reilly and the end of The O’Reilly Factor in April. Tucker Carlson Tonight took over the prestigious O’Reilly 8 p.m. position and has achieved strong ratings, but Rachel Maddow on MSNBC has scored at 9 p.m.
Should The Five resume airing at 5 p.m., that could signal the end of the Fox News Specialists, which has turned out not to be particularly special, especially given that stabilizing force Eric Bolling is on suspension pending an internal investigation over alleged lewd text messages.
“The possible programming shake-up would be the third this year on the top-rated cable news network, which has long been known for its stability…The possible loss of Bolling is forcing the network to consider alternatives,” the Los Angeles Timesreported.