When announcing its split with Tucker Carlson last week, Fox News noted that it would rotate different hosts to fill the 8 p.m. slot until a new host is tapped for the role. Brian Kilmeade helmed the primetime spot last week. This week, Lawrence Jones has been filling in. And former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany noted on Thursday that she will host the hour each night next week.
“I am honored to share that I will be hosting Fox News Tonight on @FoxNews at 8pm ET all next week (5/8-5/12)! Set your DVR. Please join me next week as we dig into the state of politics, media, culture, and faith in America!” McEnany tweeted on Thursday.
I am honored to share that I will be hosting Fox News Tonight on @FoxNews at 8pm ET all next week (5/8-5/12)! Set your DVR.
Please join me next week as we dig into the state of politics, media, culture, and faith in America!https://t.co/8JtJZwo9zf
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 4, 2023
Fox’s 8 p.m. ratings have fallen significantly since the network dropped Carlson’s program, a trend which appears to be reflected in the responses to McEnany’s announcement.
“Sorry @kayleighmcenany nothing against you but I will NEVER watch @FoxNews after the disgusting way they treated @TuckerCarlson Good luck… you will need it as Fox continues to tank! Not even recording anything any longer,” one person tweeted.
“I don’t watch Fox anymore. Was only watching Tucker before he was let go,” someone else tweeted.
“Sorry ms McEnany it’s not personal it’s fox,” someone else wrote.
“Nope, I’m done with @FoxNews,” another person tweeted.
The fact that Carlson signed off of his final program last month by saying “we’ll be back on Monday” indicates that he expected to return to the air after the weekend.
Here was the end of what turned out to be Tucker Carlson’s final Fox News show last Friday. Certainly no indication that he didn’t expect to be on the air tonight. In fact Tucker’s final words are, “we’ll be back on Monday.” pic.twitter.com/F9R5MpWHDK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 24, 2023
But on Monday, April 24, Fox News Media claimed in a press release that it and Carlson had “agreed to part ways.” The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed people, reported that Carlson learned he was being let go around 10 minutes before the announcement. Megyn Kelly claimed that Carlson had not been fired but that he was still under contract and would need to negotiate an exit.
Carlson released a brief video on Twitter last week that has amassed a whopping 23.9 million views.