The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end.
According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24.
Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.
Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network.
The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.
Now, just hours later, his replacement has already been announced.
Mediaite reported that Tucker Carlson will be moving into the coveted 8pm time slot to replace O’Reilly. In a surprising twist, The Five will move from 5pm to the 9pm time slot that was previously occupied by Carlson.
This program is cohosted by Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters, and Juan Williams.
Eric Bolling will be given his own show at 5pm, so he won’t be joining his fellow The Five cohosts at 9pm. Meanwhile, Martha MacCallum‘s 7 pm program The First 100 Days will be changing it’s name to The Story with Martha MacCallum after the 100th day of Trump’s presidency.