Monday, April 22, 2024

Fox News Takes Shepard Smith’s 7pm Show Away to Make Room for Megyn Kelly


I told you either Shepard Smith or Greta van Susteren would pay the price for Megyn Kelly’s new 9pm show on Fox News. And the winner is Shep, the best of all the Fox newcasters. He’s lost his 7pm show. Sean Hannity will probably get it. This leaves Greta at 8, Megyn at 9 and Bill O’Reilly at 10pm.  Shep keeps his 3pm show, renamed, and a new second job: director of breaking news.

Who knows what that means? He’ll be breaking in all day to deliver “headlines”? That sounds pretty demanding and unlimited.

No one was better at responding to breaking news than Shep when I was at Fox. But breaking news is over by 8pm on most days. That 7 to 8 hour is the time everyone sweeps up and sums up the day. After that, even murderers, politicians, and celebrities go to dinner and the theater. I hope it works out for Shep. Someone sent out a press release on this, I didn’t get it, and of course Brian Lewis (haha) isn’t there.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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