Fox News just announced a big change to its weeknight prime-time lineup.
Mediaite reported Wednesday that Fox star Greg Gutfeld’s highly-rated Greg Gutfeld Show will be ditching its Saturday night timeslot and hitting the airwaves Monday through Friday at 11 p.m. ET.
According to Mediaite, the change will take place in the second quarter of 2021.
“People need a reason to laugh”
The slot Gutfeld is set to take over is currently held by Fox News @ Night host Shannon Bream. Bream is reportedly set to move to 12 p.m. to accommodate the change.
Meanwhile, Gutfeld will continue to co-host Fox’s The Five at 5 p.m. ET, Mediaite reports. Fox has yet to announce a replacement for his Saturday night program.
In a statement announcing the change, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said Gutfeld would add some much-needed comic relief to the network’s evening broadcast.
“People need a reason to laugh,” she said, according to Fox. “Greg’s unique and irreverent talk show has been an incredible success, often beating the late-night broadcast competition, despite its Saturday timeslot.”
Scott added: “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.”
In Gutfeld’s eyes, it’s “the perfect next step” for him in his career.
“This feels like the perfect next step following the amazing success of the weekend show, which is due in large part to a great staff and a management that lets the show follow its own unique path,” the Fox host said, according to Mediaite. “Every day someone comes up to me to ask when are we going nightly, so now that we are, here will be approximately 3 million people who will claim it’s their idea.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this move marks the second significant change to Fox News’ prime-time lineup in just the past month. In January, Fox announced that The Story with host Martha MacCallum, which airs at 7 p.m. ET, would be moving to 3 p.m. ET to make way for a new opinion show.
Gutfeld, for his part, joined Fox in 2007 and initially hosted the early-morning Red Eye program at 3 a.m. ET, The Hollywood Reporter said. He later joined The Five before launching his own show in 2015.