The media world was rocked on Tuesday when news broke that Fox News star Megyn Kelly would be departing the network she's called home for a dozen years to transition to a daytime job with NBC News.
Kelly's last show will be this Friday, and while many of the details surrounding Kelly's departure are still unknown, one of the biggest questions looming Tuesday afternoon was: Who would be replacing Kelly in Fox's star-studded, prime-time lineup?
Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, who left the network after FNC chairman Roger Ailes was forced to resign last summer on the heels of a sexual harassment scandal, has already endorsed one of her former Fox female colleagues to replace Kelly.
According to Van Susteren, Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of Fox's "The Five," is the right person for the job.
"OK ... I will weigh in ... I think @kimguilfoyle would be a good choice for the Fox 9pm - she is smart and fun ... viewers love her," Van Susteren wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
OK..I will weigh in...I think @kimguilfoyle would be a good choice for the Fox 9pm - she is smart and fun...viewers love her— Greta Van Susteren (@Greta Van Susteren)1483488909.0
In subsequent tweets, the former news anchor wrote that Guilfoyle is a person whom both her colleagues and viewers "love."
While it likely won't be clear for several weeks who will permanently replace Kelly in Fox's prime-time lineup, a woman is likely to be tapped for the role, according to New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman.
Sherman, who has close sources within Fox News, reported Tuesday that Fox hosts Trish Regan, Shannon Bream, Sandra Smith and Martha MacCallum are currently the leading candidates for the job, while Guilfoyle is "lobbying" for the position.
According to Sherman, while the "who" is yet to be determined, the "what" is almost guaranteed to be a pro-Trump conservative. He wrote:
The one thing Fox insiders are in agreement on is that whoever replaces Kelly will be a pro-Trump conservative. In the wake of Ailes’s ouster, some media observers speculated that 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch wanted to reposition Fox to the center, bringing it more in line with his moderate political views. But the selection of a pro-Trump host to fill Kelly’s slot would suggest that Fox is instead doubling down on its right-wing politics and planning to align itself with the new administration. After initially being hostile to Trump, Murdoch has made moves to curry favor with the president-elect. Fox insiders told me that Murdoch personally named pro-Trump anchor Tucker Carlson to replace Greta Van Susteren at 7 p.m.
For reference, it took Fox just about two months to find a permanent host for their 7 p.m. news show, which was previously hosted by Van Susteren and is now hosted by Carlson.