Fox News has announced that Jesse Watters will take over the coveted 8 p.m. ET primetime slot, two months after the ousting of Tucker Carlson. Watters, who hosts “Jesse Watters Primetime” and regularly appears on “The Five,” has become one of Fox News’ leading conservative voices. As part of the reshuffle, Laura Ingraham’s show will begin the primetime programming block at 7 p.m., while Sean Hannity’s segment will remain in the 9 p.m. slot, and Greg Gutfield’s comedy program will move to 10 p.m. Fox News’ primetime ratings have suffered since Carlson’s departure in April, and fledgling networks like Newsmax have benefited in the ensuing weeks. Carlson has since started his own show on Twitter, but has yet to publicly address why he was fired from Fox. His departure was reportedly the result of vulgar, behind-the-scenes messages unearthed during the discovery process in the Dominion defamation lawsuit. Fox News has since sent a cease-and-desist letter to Carlson, alleging a breach of contract by launching a new show on the social media platform. This reshuffle comes as the network looks to boost its ratings and ensure its viewers have access to unrivaled coverage from their best-in-class team for years to come.
Jesse Watters replaces Tucker Carlson in Fox News primetime