Speculation continues to mount that Fox News may considering dismissing its long-time ratings leader and prime time host, Bill O’Reilly, as yet another woman comes forward with allegations of sexual harassment.
The Boston Globe reports today that O’Reilly’s fate will be discussed tomorrow at a board meeting for Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox.
His chair isn’t even cold yet, but already folks are speculating who might fill it.
The Hill says, four names are seen as the most likely candidates to fill O’Reilly’s shoes if reports of his demise are true: “The Five” co-host and “Cashin’ In” host Eric Bolling, “The Five” co-host and former White House press secretary Dana Perino, “The Five” co-host and former “Red Eye” host Greg Gutfeld, and “Watters World” host Jesse Watters, a longtime producer and man-on-the-street interviewer on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
All four have guest hosted for O’Reilly this year.
Ratings fell 23 percent with Perino, Bolling and Gutfeld hosting over the first four nights without the vacationing O’Reilly. Despite the dropoff, Fox still easily beat its cable news competition at 8:00 p.m. ET in total viewers and the key 25-54 demographic.
Another post-O’Reilly scenario, however, is a possibility: Replacing “The Factor” at 8:00 p.m. ET with “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” a proven commodity in the 9:00 p.m. ET slot.
In that case, Sean Hannity would move back into the 9:00 pm ET slot and The Hill speculates the 10 p.m. slot could be filled by “The Five” — or perhaps someone we haven’t yet considered.
One option that’s NOT coming up in all this speculation is a return of Megyn Kelly. Hmm.
Whatcha think folks?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the smart and funny book, “Do I Need to Slap You?”]