Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is reportedly in talks to join Fox News, potentially to go head-to-head with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in prime time, Axios and CNN's Brian Stelter report. "On Monday night a source confirmed that she is in line for a show on Fox," Stelter writes in his Reliable Sources newsletter. "My sense is that this is still in the 'talks' stage — nothing official, nothing imminent."
Fox seems to be exploring programming options should Eric Bolling not return. Earlier this month Bolling was suspended pending a probe into accusations that he sent lewd texts to colleagues, which he has denied.
On Monday, observers bandied about several different possible scenarios. If execs need to replace Bolling's 5 p.m. show The Specialists, The Five could move back to its original time slot. Then Ingraham could take over at 9 p.m. ... or [Sean] Hannity could move to 9 and Ingraham could take over at 10 ... or maybe Fox execs have something in mind that nobody else has thought of yet ... [Reliable Sources]
Ingraham has served as a contributor and sub for Fox for years. "Laura Ingraham's prime time to shine!" teased Matt Drudge on Monday. "After years in the trenches, much deserved."