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Fox News announces Tucker Carlson replacement

Fox News' new primetime lineup. (FOX News)
June 26, 2023

Fox News announced on Monday that Jesse Watters will take over the 8 p.m. hour that was previously hosted by ousted anchor Tucker Carlson.

“FOX News Channel has been America’s destination for news and analysis for more than 21 years and we are thrilled to debut a new lineup. The unique perspectives of Laura Ingraham, Jesse Watters, Sean Hannity, and Greg Gutfeld will ensure our viewers have access to unrivaled coverage from our best-in-class team for years to come,” Suzanne Scott, CEO of FOX News Media, said in a statement.

According to Fox News, Watters opinion program – that originally launched last year – became the “fastest growing cable news program, crushing the competition across the board with 2.6 million viewers and 270,000 in the 25-54 demo year to date.”

“Featuring Watters’ fresh take on the major headlines of the day while interviewing newsmakers from across the country, the show has been number one in its timeslot for the 18 months since it launched, delivering the highest-rated 7 PM/ET hour in cable news history,” Fox said in a press release. “In addition to hosting Primetime, Watters is also a co-host of The Five, the 5 PM/ET roundtable discussion program that has been number one in cable news and all of cable for the last seven consecutive quarters.”

In the wake of his abrupt exit from Fox, Carlson launched a new show on Twitter, called “Tucker on Twitter.” In its first episode, Carlson slammed “American media” for being “actively hostile” to anyone who challenges official narratives.

“So if you’re wondering why our country seems so dysfunctional, this is a big part of the reason. Nobody knows what’s happening. A small group of people control accesses to all relevant information. And the rest of us don’t know. We’re allowed to yap all we want about racism, but go ahead and talk about something that really matters and see what happens. If you keep it up, they’ll make you be quiet. Trust us. That’s how they maintain control,” Carlson said.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.