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After Kilmeade’s Dismal Performance In Tucker’s Slot, Fox News Announces Who Will Take It Next Week

Following Brian Kilmeade’s disappointing showing in Tucker Carlson’s slot, Fox News has announced a replacement for next week. Lawrence Jones, who made history as the youngest black solo host of a program in cable news, will host in Carlson’s former 8 p.m. slot from Monday as the network continues with a rotating line-up of anchors. But what led to Carlson’s departure and Fox News’ struggle to find a suitable replacement? Let’s take a closer look.

The Departure of Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson was one of Fox News’ most popular right-wing hosts, but on April 22, 2023, he announced his departure from the network, effective immediately. In a statement, Carlson said he was “grateful to Fox News, where I have worked for nearly six years, for the opportunities it has provided me.” However, he did not elaborate on his reasons for leaving, leaving some to wonder if there was more to the story.

Speculation abounded, with some suggesting that Carlson was pushed out due to his controversial comments on a range of subjects, including vaccines, COVID-19, and race. Others suggested that Carlson left of his own accord, likely to pursue other opportunities, but Fox News has not commented on the matter.

Regardless of the reason behind Carlson’s departure, there is no denying that it left a significant gap in Fox News’ primetime lineup, and the network was left scrambling to find a suitable replacement. Enter Brian Kilmeade.

Kilmeade’s Struggles

Fox News’ decision to replace Carlson with Kilmeade surprised many, as Kilmeade was primarily known as a morning show host and had never hosted a primetime program before. Unfortunately for Fox News, Kilmeade’s lack of experience quickly became apparent.

According to Nielsen ratings data, Kilmeade’s first week as Carlson’s replacement saw a significant drop in viewership, with an average of just 1.87 million viewers tuning in compared to Carlson’s average of 3.25 million viewers. The numbers continued to decline throughout the week, with just 1.33 million viewers tuning in on Wednesday.

Social media wasn’t kind to Kilmeade either, with many viewers expressing disappointment with his performance. Some even went so far as to call for Fox News to bring back Carlson, with the hashtag #BringBackTucker trending on Twitter.

While it’s unclear if Kilmeade’s struggles were solely responsible for the ratings decline, it’s clear that Fox News needed to make a change if they hoped to salvage their primetime lineup. Enter Lawrence Jones.

The Rise of Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones, 30, made history as the youngest black solo host of a program in cable news, and he’s been making waves at Fox News ever since. Jones joined the network in December 2018, and in January 2022, he was named the host of the weekend primetime program “Lawrence Jones Cross Country.”

Jones has quickly become a rising star at the network, known for his conservative views and straight-talking approach to the news. He’s appeared on a variety of Fox News programs, including “Fox & Friends” and “Hannity,” and he’s become a regular commentator on issues relating to race and politics.

Given his popularity and experience, it’s no surprise that Fox News has turned to Jones to replace Kilmeade. While it remains to be seen how well he’ll perform in Carlson’s former 8 p.m. slot, many viewers are hopeful that Jones will help turn things around for the struggling network.

The Future of Fox News

The departure of Tucker Carlson and the struggles of Brian Kilmeade have left many wondering about the future of Fox News. While the network remains one of the most-watched in the country, it’s clear that they’re facing some significant challenges.

One of the biggest challenges facing the network is the rise of competitors like Newsmax and OAN, which offer a more populist and nationalist take on the news. These networks have proven popular with conservative viewers who feel disenfranchised by Fox News’ more establishment approach.

Additionally, Fox News has struggled to attract younger viewers, with many younger Americans turning to online sources for their news. This has led some to suggest that Fox News needs to adapt to the changing media landscape if they hope to remain relevant in the years to come.

Ultimately, the future of Fox News remains uncertain. The network has been a dominant force in conservative media for decades, but the departure of Tucker Carlson and the struggles of Brian Kilmeade have left many wondering if they can continue to maintain their position of power. Only time will tell if Lawrence Jones and other new faces can help Fox News turn things around.

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