Fox News Schedules New Gretchen Carlson Program

Gretchen Carlson Headshot - P 2013
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Gretchen Carlson Headshot - P 2013

"The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson," a new one-hour program from the former "Fox & Friends" co-host, gets its start on Sept. 30.

With Elisabeth Hasselbeck now comfortable in her Fox & Friends chair, former occupant Gretchen Carlson is heading back to Fox News Channel.

The cable network announced Wednesday that Carlson's new daytime program, The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson, will premiere Monday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. Preceded by a one-hour presentation of America's News HQ (with Bill Hemmer and Alisyn Camerota), the block fills the void left by America Live when anchor Megyn Kelly moved to primetime.

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"Throughout her career, Gretchen has showcased her talents as a strong interviewer and skilled moderator, both of which will serve her well as she offers viewers a fresh take on the news," said the network's executive vp news, Michael Clemente.

Her new program will find Carlson moving from the more social morning show format to a news hour focusing on current events, crime, politics and investigative reports.

"I am thrilled that Roger Ailes has given me the opportunity to host a signature show for Fox that will focus on the real stories of the day," said Carlson. "From in-depth interviews to social media interaction live during the show, I look forward to joining viewers in the afternoon for smart and straightforward talk. Plus, I now get to have breakfast with my kids and maybe even drive them to school. How great is that?"

Carlson has been with FNC since 2005.