Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is reportedly taking over one of the network’s primetime slots when she returns from maternity leave, sources say.
The daytime anchor seems to have long been set for a promotion, as her popularity has increased exponentially in recent years; now, that promotion just may knock either of two colleagues, Sean Hannity or Greta Van Susteren, out of their respective seats at the news desk.
However, all of Fox News primetime anchors reportedly have contracts with the network, leaving no room for a new face in the evening segments. Greta Van Susteren has the lowest ratings with Fox’s primetime viewers; it has been wondered by many if Kelly will be directly taking over Van Susteren’s 10:00 position, or forcing the news veteran out by way of taking over Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. spot, bumping him to the 10 p.m. area. It has been speculated that Kelly’s move will force either Hannity or Van Susteren out entirely; although with Van Susteren’s diminishing ratings, it would seem more logical that her departure from primetime would be the unerring choice. Obviously, many of Fox News’ most avid viewers will be waiting on pins and needles for the official word from the network on what Megyn Kelly’s promotion will mean for the other anchors.
The flurry of speculation began when Fox News CEO Roger Ailes announced last month that the blonde anchor would be receiving a promotion at the end of her maternity leave, namely in September, which would include a spot in the network’s primetime schedule.