Tucker Carlson to replace Megyn Kelly on Fox News

Fox picks Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson's star is on the rise at Fox News. And how.

The 47-year-old conservative pundit has been picked to replace Megyn Kelly to lead the network's 9 p.m. slot, one of the most-watched hours anywhere on cable TV. This comes just weeks after Carlson took over the 7 p.m. slot.

"In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews," said Fox News exec chair Rupert Murdoch. "Viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News' powerful prime-time lineup."

Carlson, whose boyish good looks belie his age, came to prominence on CNN's Crossfire before hosting an evening show on MSNBC. He joined Fox News in 2009 as a contributor.

Kelly, 46, announced this week she's leaving Fox News after 12 years. Though she was one of the most popular journos at Fox, next to Bill O'Reilly, Kelly has faced considerable criticism from devotees of President-elect Donald Trump since the summer. Kelly upset Trump with questions she posed to him as one of the moderators of the Aug. 6 presidential debate.

In September, Murdoch told the Wall Street Journal he did not want Kelly to leave when her contract expires next summer and was working hard to negotiate a new contract.

On Tuesday, NBC announced Kelly would join Today, replacing fired host Billy Bush in the 9 a.m. hour, according to BroadcastingCable.com.

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