Well that didn’t take long.
Just two days after Megyn Kelly said goodbye to viewers on “The Kelly File,” following her announced departure for NBC News, Fox News Channel has reportedly found a replacement.
Fox News executives are planning to announce that Tucker Carlson will step into Kelly’s 9 p.m. time slot, according to the Drudge Report.
“Tucker has already proven to be an audience powerhouse at 7 p.m., now sky is the limit!” an insider told Drudge. “Fox News will not be tamed.”
There had been much speculation about who the network would choose for the coveted prime time slot, with suggestions for other women including Trish Regan, Shannon Bream, Sandra Smith, and Martha MacCallum.
Former Fox anchor Greta Van Susteren, who left the cable channel in September, even chimed in tweeting her choice of Kimberly Guilfoyle, who currently hosts “The Five.”
Carlson has experienced a quick rise at Fox where his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” premiered right after the November election. He helped the network make history by breaking viewership records in November.
Formerly a co-host on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Carlson was also editor-in-chief of “The Daily Caller,” a publication he founded.
The timing of an announcement that Carlson will be replacing Kelly just as President-elect Donald Trump is poised to step into the White House is significant.
Many Fox News viewers have been wanting this since Tucker blew on the scene:
Love Tucker Carlson, but dislike he comes on the same time as Lou Dobbs. Wish one of them would replace Megyn Kelly at 9!
— Nan4Trump (@nanbreeding) December 24, 2016
— Jdaddy (@jdaddy65) December 24, 2016
— Nestor Moto Jr
Today, it looks like their wish has been granted.
For the most part, Fox viewers are giddy over the news:
I will now return to watching @FoxNews @ 9:00!
Megyn Kelly who?
Tucker Carlson gets Megyn Kelly's time slot. Great decision!
— Jack Murphy (@WeNeedTrump) January 5, 2017
— Patriotic Vet Meagan (@1981meagan) January 5, 2017
— Michael Johns (@michaeljohns) January 5, 2017
"Tucker Carlson" No more safe space at 9PM on FOX, @TuckerCarlson bout to start trigger'n fools.
— KAIO!!! (@The_Just0r) January 5, 2017
— ItsJustMe22 (@ItsJustMe122) January 5, 2017
TUCKER CARLSON takes 9pm at Fox News, replacing Megyn Kelly, per network sources— and MARTHA MACCALLUM in at 7pm for first 100 days of Trump
— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) January 5, 2017
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) January 5, 2017
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 5, 2017
O'Reilly, Carlson, Hannity: A diverse lineup of experiences and ideologies https://t.co/wM7a7sJlE6
— Charlie J. Johnson (@Charliemagne) January 5, 2017
Megyn Kelly at NBC News to be replaced by Tucker Carlson at Fox makes both networks worse. Look for much more of this kind of thing soon.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 5, 2017
Truly don't understand how Tucker Carlson has career. He has no humor, gravitas, charisma, or actual journalist chops. Does ANYONE like him?
— Lincoln Michel (@TheLincoln) January 5, 2017
— Adolf J. Trump (@BowlEcho) January 5, 2017
— Pappy Jim, KbA (@realpappyjim) January 5, 2017