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The breakdown began, one has to think, when Fox programmers jimmied up-and-comer Megyn Kelly into the already perfect investigative/opinion lineup of Van Susteren, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.
It collapsed September 6, 2016, when Van Susteren exercised her “key man” option and followed the scandalized Roger Ailes out the door.
Roger, you’ll remember, was forced to resign for allegedly suggesting Gretchen Carlson go @#$% herself — or him, whichever story you choose to believe, and telling Andrea Tantaros to push back from the table.
I can’t speak to either case, except to say telling an already Rubenesque Greek American gal who makes her living on camera to resist that second Baklava, might be sage advice. (I cite Candy Crowley as an example of one anchor who would have benefited from Ailes’ guidance earlier in her career.)
What? Carlson and Tantaros didn’t realize that leg cam was there?
Enough said about that.
It was that good; just great TV.
So why did Greta walk?
Well, anything we say will be speculation, but I’m just enough of an armchair pundit to give it a shot.
“It hasn’t felt like home in a few years now,” Van Susteren told her FaceBook fans.
Fox News hasn’t felt like home to a lot of us for a while, either.
Funny, but I don’t recall anyone in my small circle of news junky buddies saying, Wow! That there Fox prime-time gang is pretty good, but what it really needs is a leggy self-absorbed blonde with a lot of liberal agenda-driven banter.
Want to know what I think?
Well, here it is anyway.
I think Fox News under the Murdock brothers is about to do the unimaginable. They are about to create a new prime time, centered around, you guessed it, Megyn Kelly.
Short of Kelly moving to one of the networks I believe it is all but inevitable.
It hasn’t felt like home in a few years now.
In this scenario Hannity’s gone, right?
O’Reilly probably won’t stay, but who knows what Bill O’Reilly will do? Bill’s an industry all his own; he’ll be fine and his fans will always be able to find him.
You and I, though?
But here is my hope.
Not a prediction, just a wish that is within the realm of possibility.
I hope Roger Ailes goes to the Internet and starts up RogerTV. I hope he brings Greta and Sean and Bill with him, and opens in the morning with Martha MacCallum.
The money might not be good enough for Neil Cavuto to desert his senior VP gig at Fox News/Fox Business, but he can drop in for a visit from time to time.
I’m holding my hands up and doing one of those things movie directors do when they’re trying to set up a shot.
I’m liking it.
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