Mediaite is reporting that sources have told them that Fox News mainstay Greta Van Susteren initiated several high level meetings with new CNN president Jeff Zucker, to explore the possibility of rejoining the network.
Van Susteren, whose departure from CNN for Fox in 2002 raised eyebrows since she wasn’t considered to be a conservative, has been a fixture in the FNC primetime lineup, with her show finishing number one for 11 straight years.
But her efforts failed, as CNN ultimately decided against bringing her back. So she re-signed with Fox.
That doesn’t mean that Fox is completely satisfied with her show’s performance. Despite being the number one cable news show at 10 p.m., it isn’t as dominant in the key 25-54 demographic as are The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity, which has sparked rumors of a possible time-slot change.
All of this comes just two months after The New York Times reported that Van Susteren’s husband, John Coale, who has been diagnosed with cancer, suggested that his wife would happily move to an earlier hour. Coale also told the Times that “I’d like to spend some quality time with my wife, at least before 11 p.m.,” perhaps showing more eagerness to change time-slots than Van Susteren herself.
Well, it looks like Coale will get his wish, as it was announced late Tuesday that rising star Megyn Kelly will get a primetime slot when she returns from maternity leave in a few months, as Fox rejiggers its lineup. With O’Reilly and Hannity firmly in place, Van Susteren’s 10 p.m. slot is the logical choice for Kelly. And while Van Susteren has been struggling in the demo to beat Lawrence O’Donnell, there is little doubt, at least in my mind, that Kelly will leave the MSNBC dullard in the dust when she faces off against him in the fall.