Tucker Carlson will fill the 9 p.m. Fox News primetime spot left open by Megyn Kelly's departure from the network, a person familiar with the decision told Drudge Report. "Tucker has already proven to be an audience powerhouse at 7 p.m., now sky is the limit!" the insider said. New York Times reporter Mike Grynbaum confirmed network sources had told him the same and added that Martha MacCallum will fill Carlson's 7 p.m. spot for the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency.
Kelly was the second-most watched host on Fox News behind Bill O'Reilly, but announced Wednesday that her last day at the network would be Friday. Later this year, Kelly will join NBC News with daytime and Sunday shows.
Carlson currently launches Fox News' primetime lineup with Tucker Carlson Tonight. He previously co-founded and edited The Daily Caller, and was a host with CNN and MSNBC.
Fox News was embroiled in turmoil earlier this year when Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was ousted following sexual harassment allegations from female employees.