Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany will be taking the place of Tucker Carlson for a week starting May 8.
McEnany is the first female host to fill in since Carlson was ousted. Co-host Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends was the first replacement during the first week without Carlson, followed by Lawrence Jones of Cross Country.
McEnany is one of three hosts on Outnumbered and was White House press secretary under President Donald Trump.
“I am honored to share that I will be hosting Fox News Tonight on at 8pm ET all next week (5/8-5/12)! Set your DVR,” McEnany tweeted Thursday. “Please join me next week as we dig into the state of politics, media, culture, and faith in America!”
The network announced Carlson’s departure after nearly six years as its second-most popular program. Carlson responded to the news in a video that went on to receive 16.5 million views, with 1.8 million viewing it within the hour it was posted, about an hour before his former program began, in a tweet viewed by 53.5 million. Meanwhile, Fox News saw just over 1.7 million viewers on that same night with Kilmeade in Carlson’s place. The night before, viewership dropped by 21% after Carlson drew in 3.3 million viewers over the previous eight Mondays, according to cable news ratings.
Meanwhile, McEnany’s program Outnumbered drew 1.89 million total viewers in comparison to CNN’s 650,000 and MSNBC’s 699,000 total viewers for the weekday noon time slot ahead of the midterm elections, according to the ratings report. Among the key demographic of 25-54-year-olds, Outnumbered also outpaced its competition, drawing 252,000 viewers compared to 151,000 for CNN and 60,000 for MSNBC.
Carlson, for his part, is reportedly considering moderating his own GOP primary debate ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
I love her but it won’t bring me back to Fox. Tuckers the man.