For decades centrist opinion news anchor Bill O’Reilly absolutely dominated cable news. The O’Reilly Factor was the undisputed king of cable news and it showed zero signs of slowing down.
With Bill O’Reilly now gone Fox News has some huge shoes to fill. And they’re betting on none other than Tucker Carlson.
Carlson’s rise to cable news power is astonishing, to say the least. He is co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller and has extensive background in news reporting for a wide range of publications. He was co-host at CNN’s Crossfire and worked at MSNBC before being hired by Fox News as a contributor in 2009.
Carlson spent about four years as a guest and substitute host of various Fox News programs before being brought on as co-host of Fox & Friends in 2013. Carlson was an instant hit on the daily Fox & Friends, becoming one of the most familiar faces on the morning couch before news broke that he was ascending to host his own nightly primetime show replacing news goliath Megyn Kelly.
That move in and of itself could have easily been viewed by Carlson as the peak of a brilliant career. Carlson bypassed a wealth of talent in the industry to get the Megyn Kelly gig and it was amazing to watch unfold. It got even better when Carlson began to outperform Kelly, a victory that few predicted.
Now Carlson finds himself elevated to the very top of the Fox News anchor desk food change. He’s now in the most premium hour of all premium primetime cable news.
Congratulations are certainly in order for Carlson. What an amazing career to watch unfold. He’s an extremely talented anchor and we’re betting the ratings will not at all drop with him in the new role. In fact, if the past is any indication Carlson might to the hour to new heights.
Which is exactly what Fox News is betting on.