It is the big question on the minds of many in the television industry: Can Fox News successfully fill the newly vacated primetime slot long dominated by Bill O’Reilly? The declining ratings for the time period since O’Reilly left the air on April 11 suggest this won’t be an easy task for the network. But one of the most prominent conservative pundits in America thinks Fox News will be just fine without their longtime star.
Appearing on CNBC Wednesday, George Will stated his belief that today’s developments will eventually work out fine for Fox News.
“I have a feeling that Mr. O’Reilly is replaceable,” Will said. “As Charles de Gaulle said, the graveyards are full of indispensable men.”
Will and O’Reilly famously had an intense shouting match in 2015 on The O’Reilly Factor after Will wrote a scathing review of O’Reilly’s book, Killing Reagan. (“Caution — you are about to enter a no-facts zone,” Will wrote in the Washington Post O’Reilly responded by calling Will “a hack” when he appeared on O’Reilly’s show.)
“When Megyn Kelly left and they put Tucker Carlson in her slot, nothing happened,” Will said. “The ratings stayed strong, and the viewers were happy.”
Carlson is on the move again, as it turns out. The network announced Wednesday that he’ll take over O’Reilly’s spot at 8 pm, while The Five moves to 9 pm.
Watch above, via CNBC.
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