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Fox News is replacing another of its news hours with an opinion-driven program.
The cable news channel will move The Greg Gutfeld Show to weeknights at 11 p.m. ET, shifting its news program Fox News @ Night to midnight.
The show, which currently airs on Saturday nights at 10 p.m., will make the move to weekdays a some point of Q2 2021. A replacement for Gutfeld’s weekend hour will be announced at a later date.
With the schedule change, 11 p.m. becomes the second news hour to cede ground to Fox’s opinion programming in recent weeks. Last month the channel announced that The Story with Martha MacCallum would move from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. When the new schedule is fully in place, Fox will now have opinion programming fro 7 p.m.-midnight ET, and will have original programming on-air for 21 hours per day.
While Gutfeld’s show is politically-focused, Fox positions it as a competitor to the late night talk shows like The Tonight Show and Late Show. Indeed, it’s a framing that Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott (who recently signed a contract extension with the company) argued in announcing the move:
“People need a reason to laugh. Greg’s unique and irreverent talk show has been an incredible success, often beating the late night broadcast competition, despite its Saturday timeslot,” Scott said. “With one of the most loyal and engaged audiences in cable news, we’re thrilled to bring the show to weekday primetime and further solidify Greg’s place among late night television stars.”
Gutfeld previously hosted Red Eye on Fox News from 2007 until 2015. That late night show aired at 3 a.m. ET and was known for its irreverent, quirky topics and guests. Fox News had also previously explored the late night space with The 1/2 Hour News Hour, which ran for 17 episodes in 2007.
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