Megyn Kelly may bump Sean Hannity from 9 p.m. Fox News slot

Megyn Kelly may bump Sean Hannity from 9 p.m. Fox News slot
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly may be about to get a big promotion to a 9 p.m. slot. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

Looks like big changes are coming to America's No. 1 cable news network: Megyn Kelly is poised to take over the 9 p.m. slot from Sean Hannity at Fox News Channel.

Kelly -- who took maternity leave in July as the host of "America Live" -- is expected to grab the plum time period right after "The O'Reilly Factor" when she returns to the network this fall, according to the Drudge Report. 

The 42-year-old host had been expected to get a promotion to prime time, but many TV veterans assumed she'd get the 10 p.m. slot now occupied by Greta Van Susteren. Shoving aside Hannity -- the conservative host of Fox News' No. 2 show - counts as a major reworking of the evening lineup and carries considerable risk.

For now, the network isn't saying much.

"We will neither confirm nor deny any programming scheduling changes," a Fox News spokeswoman said in a statement. "As previously stated, the network has signed long-term deals with Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, Shepard Smith, Bill O'Reillly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren."

One possibility is that Hannity could move to 7 p.m., with Van Susteren remaining at 10 p.m. O'Reilly would keep anchoring the night at 8 p.m.

Interviewed at an investors' conference Thursday, Fox News chief Roger Ailes said, "All of our stars will be back," but did not address specifics of the new lineup.

What do you think of the possibility that Kelly will get a 9 p.m. berth?


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