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Fox News Schedule Without Bill O’Reilly: ‘The Five’ Moves to 9

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Fox News has fired Bill O’Reilly, after the network’s star personality faced mounting accusations of sexual harassment from women. The network quickly issued a brand new schedule for its primetime line-up, which will now be without its major 8 p.m. anchor: The O’Reilly Factor. The biggest surprise is the network’s decision to move The Five all the way to 9 p.m. ET. The new schedule kicks in on Monday, April 24.

“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the FOX News Channel,” 21st Century Fox, Fox News Channel’s parent company, said in a statement on April 19.

Dozens of advertisers dropped O’Reilly after an April 1 New York Times report revealed that Fox News and O’Reilly reached settlements with five women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment. The settlements combined for a total of $13 million. O’Reilly denied the claims, saying he reached the settlements to avoid negative publicity.

Although O’Reilly hasn’t released a statement since Fox News dropped him, his attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, told CNN on April 18 that his client has been the victim of a “brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America.”

By taking O’Reilly out of the mix, the network has moved Tucker Carlson to 8 p.m. ET. Carlson already replaced Megyn Kelly, who left last year to join NBC News. Now, Carlson, who was at 9 p.m. ET, is replacing another big Fox News star.

The 7 p.m. ET slot will still be held by Martha MacCallum. Her hour will continue to be called The First 100 Days until April 28. Her show will then be called The Story with Martha MacCallum.

The biggest change is moving The Five from 5 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET. The show got its title from the fact that it features five hosts at 5:00 p.m. Despite the time change, it will still be called The Five because there will only be five hosts on-set at one time. However, regular O’Reilly contributor Jesse Watters will replace Eric Bolling, who is getting his own 5 p.m. show, beginning on May 1.

From April 24 to April 28, Special Report with Bret Baier will fill the 5 p.m. slot.

The only host who gets to stay in his seat during this game of musical chairs is Sean Hannity, who is keeping his 10 p.m. ET slot. Sources told New York Magazine that Hannity likes the 10 p.m. timeslot and didn’t want to move to an earlier time.

Bret Baier will also go back to having a single hour on May 1.

Here’s a look at the new schedule:

Time (all times Eastern) Show Host(s)
5 p.m. April 24-28: Special Report with Bret Baier

Starting May 1: The Fox News Specialists

April 24-28: Bret Baier

Starting May 1: Eric Bolling, Eboni K. Williams and Katherine Timpf

6 p.m. Special Report with Bret Baier Bret Baier
7 p.m.

April 19-28: The First 100 Days

Starting May 1: The Story with Martha MacCallum

Martha MacCallum
8 p.m. Tucker Carlson Tonight Tucker Carlson
9 p.m. The Five Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Juan Williams
10 p.m. Hannity Sean Hannity

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15 comments

  1. What happens to the production crew who worked on the Oreilly Factor? I sure home they are placed and do not lose their jobs.

  2. For crying out loud, what in this world is coming next? Women dress to show every single angle of their bodies; leave nothing to the imagination and invite what they call “sexual Harassment”. I don’t know O’Reilley, but I DO KNOW THAT ALL REAL WOMEN HAVE TO DO IS SAY SOMETHING LIKE: “Dream on, Big Boy.”; “In your dreams, Mister.”;
    “You have extremely good taste, Mr., but I’m just not interested”; and one I used a long time ago. A retired airlines pilot came to work at the insurance company where I was a secretary. He made an unwanted, uninvited (In a day when women did NOT dress to invite sexual advances!) advance. I simply slapped his handsome face, shook my finger in that same face and told him if he ever again touched me, I would see him in Mr. ______’s office.) It ended right there.
    Come on, now, these women who claim to be such strong “feminists” are just feathering their own nests. Everyone knows that a man who has money is an open target for these poor, pitiful women who have not much but their bodies…………………GROW UP AND BE REAL WOMEN!!!!

    • Finally!!! I have been thinking all that you just said for so long and no one seemed to have the courage to actually ‘say’ it!!! My way of putting it was that, all we women wanted to be ‘equal’ to and work with, the men. Well, working with the men means dealing with the men, and they will always continue to behave like men. I believe our responses should be exactly as you have stated here. The other option could be to pat their backsides and give a smart mouth reply and move on. This foolishness of ‘reporting’ and taking them to court is all about the money and nothing else!!! They blamed Roger Ailes (sp.) for the way they said they were ‘expected’ to dress. Nothing has changed since he was ousted though. I have said often that the women (most of them) look

      as though they are going out for the evening with their husbands rather than working!!! All in all, I think Fox News needs to work on it’s ‘mindset’ rather than it’s nightly line up, which was just fine.

    • Yes or a woman should not wait until her show is cancelled to all of a sudden claim sexual harassment as Gretchen Carlson did.

  3. I will NOT be following The Five to 21:00… and it was my 2nd favorite Show (2nd to Red Eye, which Fox axed last week)… I will be spending more time watching things Recorded to my DVR at 5 and 9pm now.

    • I tried watching The Five at it’s new time and The Specialists on at 5:00 p.m. I will be surprised if either show survives. I hope they offered Eric Boling a pile of ,money to get him to agree to that stupid new show. What is it that makes Eric and his two ditzy co-hosts “specialists”?

  4. The ‘Factor’, should remain at 8:00 as just ‘The Factor’ and the new host should be Jessie Waters. He has been filling in and working very well with the format and his presentation was very similar to Bills and great to listen too. I cannot believe the mess Fox is making of their prime-time line up!! It is awful! Eric Bolling should never be in primetime on his own as he is sooo boring he can put you to sleep. The point of ‘The Five’ was 5 people @ 5:00pm!!! another dumb move on Fox’s part!!!

  5. Will you please tell that Bob on The Five to address out President with respect, not to call him Trumpie. What a pig.

  6. I love “The Five”! Why move it to 9pm? Eric Bolling will not get the viewers. He thinks too highly of himself. Put Bollng at 9. Very disappointed