With a number of insiders convinced that Bill O’Reilly’s vacation from his Fox News show will turn out to be permanent, veteran TV writer David Bauder writes for the AP that the cable channel has a deep bench filled with players who would love to get a crack at O’Reilly’s time slot.
In a piece published Thursday, Bauder runs through some of the top candidates for the slot, should it become available. Bauder notes that Tucker Carlson recently took over Megyn Kelly’s 9 p.m. slot on FNC and increased the ratings.
Bauder says the Kelly-Carlson transition is “evidence that Fox viewers are Fox viewers — loyal to the network and its ethos as much, if not more, than individual personalities. For that reason, it’s a virtual certainty that whoever takes over O’Reilly’s time slot will be somebody Fox viewers already know.”
Among the top contenders, according to Bauder, are Dana Perino, Eric Bolling, Jesse Watters and Martha MacCallum.
The analysis also notes that Greg Gutfeld and Laura Ingraham appear to be waiting in the wings and could land slots as Fox shuffles its lineup.
Click on the link above to the AP to read a breakdown on how the contenders stack up.