REPORT: Laura Ingraham To Take Over Prime Time Fox News Slot

Radio talk show host will take over 10 p.m. hour, sources tell CNN

Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham will take over the 10 p.m. EST slot on Fox News Channel, sources tell CNN.

Ingraham will get her own prime time show this fall, while Sean Hannity's show, currently in the 10 p.m. hour, will move to 9 p.m. The Five, which moved from the 5 p.m. hour to the 9 p.m. hour after host Bill O'Reilly departed the network earlier this year, will move back to its namesake time slot, according to reports.

Although nothing is official, CNN says that Ingraham has been telling friends that it's a "done deal" and that there are only a few details to work out before an official announcement.

Fox News made changes to its prime time lineup earlier this year, switching The Five to prime time, bumping Tucker Carlson to 9 p.m. and filling the 5 p.m. slot with The Specialists, hosted by Eric Bolling. Over the weekend, the network announced that they'd parted ways with Bolling, and that The Specialists was being cancelled, to be replaced with regular news programming until a suitable replacement could be found.

Although The Five had been working well, FOX reportedly wanted a stronger personality to anchor their evening lineup and compete against Rachel Maddow, whose MSNBC show was dominating prime time news network ratings. This new plan puts Maddow head-to-head with Hannity, who will lead in to Ingraham.

Ingraham is, of course, a media force, whose daily talk show became a touchstone during the 2016 Presidential campaign. She has been a longtime FOX contributor, and is a familiar face to FOX viewers. President Donald Trump has often praised Ingraham, and has even Tweeted at her during one of her many appearances.

No launch date has yet been announced for Ingraham's new show, but a formal announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

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