As conservative TV hosts raced to distance themselves from their new folk hero Cliven Bundy, after Bundy began wondering if slavery wasn’t better for “the negroes,” Stephen Colbert made sure the door hit them on the way out — particularly Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity. Bundy became a TV talker over the past couple weeks for having grazed cattle on federal land for decades and clocking a reported $1 million in unpaid grazing fees (Bundy says he doesn’t recognize the U.S. government as even existing). “Man, Hannity ate up that story so hard Bundy should have charged him grazing fees,” Colbert said on his show last night — and more where that came from. (Hannity yesterday called Bundy’s comments “beyond repugnant.”) Watch Colbert here, followed by Hannity on his FNC show last night:
Last night, Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity touted his cameo in the recently-released second season of Netflix‘s House Of Cards. Fishbowl DC also reported a CNN Candy Crowley sighting.
Watch Hannity’s plug here:
Things are changing at Fox News Channel on October 7. That’s when the cable news network will celebrate the 17th anniversary of its launch — and also will have an almost all-new primetime lineup. Megyn Kelly is taking over Sean Hannity’s 9 PM slot with The Kelly File as Hannity moves to 10 PM. On the Record With Greta Van Susteren moves from 10 PM to 7 PM, taking over the Fox Report slot soon to be vacated by Shepard Smith, while ratings juggernaut The O’Reilly Factor stays at 8 PM. This is the first significant shift in FNC’s prime lineup in more than a decade — since Van Susteren debuted at 10 PM in 2002. “As the network continues to dominate with the top 13 programs in cable news, Fox News already redefined primetime viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11 PM format”, said FNC boss Roger Ailes in a statement today. “We’ve developed a deep bench of engaging and thought-provoking personalities that have grown with Fox News as it has evolved into the most influential and successful cable network in television. These changes will enable the network to continue setting the industry standard for years to come.” This is the latest of a series of changes at the cable news network that has seen Smith get a new show and new role, former The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck join morning show Fox & Friends and F&F’s Gretchen Carlson get her own daytime show.
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The agreement will expand the reach of radio’s No. 2 talk show host on Clear Channel stations next year. Details will be announced later, and they’ll probably indicate where Sean Hannity‘s shows will be heard in markets where he had been syndicated to stations controlled by Cumulus following reports over the summer that he and the radio power were prepared to part ways. Today’s announcement says that the Fox News commentator will appear on additional Clear Channel Talk stations and non-Clear Channel outlets, with an increase in the number that air his show live. Hannity also will “participate in key live events, touring and iHeartRadio Talk, the first mass market focused audio platform to offer on-demand listener-created talk content side by side with established personalities, celebrities and shows,” Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks says. The new distribution plan will “offer even more exposure and growth for The Sean Hannity Show,” says Clear Channel Media and Entertainment CEO John Hogan.
UPDATE, 12:32 PM: FNC CEO Roger Ailes, being interviewed by Fox Business News anchor Neil Cavuto at a 21st Century Fox investors confab in Los Angeles this afternoon, said Megyn Kelly has earned a primetime slot on the net and Sean Hannity is a brand “viewers love and want to see.” Asked about a report Kelly was getting Hannity’s 9 PM timeslot: “All of our stars will be back,” adding the network has “new deals with Hannity and Greta and Shep.” While giving Hannity a ringing endorsement and reiterating that Kelly had earned a better timeslot and “will be in our primetime line up,” he did not get into specifics on either. He did, however, say that Smith’s newscast will look different in the fall. “Shep and I have been working quietly on something we’ll roll out probably in mid-September, about how news is presented,” Ailes explained. “I think it’s done in an old-fashioned way and I think we have a better way of working on it.” He called Smith “the premiere newsman in the country.”
There’s been much speculation about Kelly’s new timeslot, predicated on the idea that “primetime” means 8-11 PM — meaning one of FNC’s current 8-11 PM hosts would have to get tossed, or share a slot, to make way for Kelly. Broadcast TV networks define “primetime” as 8-11 PM Monday … Read More »
UPDATE, 10:40 AM: “Suffice it to say, nothing is going to happen that you will notice,” Rush Limbaugh said today in response to a Politico story that says Cumulus plans to drop his syndicated show, as well as one from Sean Hannity. Limbaugh assured listeners that “you will be able to get this radio program on as many, if not more radio stations down the road than it is on now.” He says he “must use proper business restraint” in discussing his talks even though “negotiations have been taken public by one side.” One day “I am looking forward to detailing all of this for you,” he says. But however things play out, he told fans, “I want to assure you: everything’s cool.”
PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: Cumulus Media may beat Rush Limbaugh to the punch. A source tells Politico the broadcaster is planning not to renew its contracts with Limbaugh and conservative host Sean Hannity following negotiation breakdowns with Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks, which distributes both shows. In May Limbaugh reportedly mulled leaving Cumulus after receiving blame for … Read More »
Fueled by coverage of the secret Mitt Romney tape, The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 PM ET pulled in the top ratings among adults 25-54 for the week of September 17, besting Fox News Channel’s Hannity for the first time since January 19, 2009. Maddow was No. 1 with 567,000 and Hannity was second with 500,000. CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight placed third with 198,000. The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell (Monday – Thursday) at 10 PM also came in at No. 1 for the week with 508,000. FNC’s On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren was second with 427,000 and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 was third with 224,000. This was the best week ever for The Last Word and the best delivery in the time period since week of November 3, 2008, according to MSNBC. Read More »
Leading Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has closed a new multi-year deal with the cable news network to continue as the host of Hannity. The pact extends his tenure at Fox News past the 20-year mark; Hannity has been with the network since its October 1996 launch. “In true Roger Ailes form, he saw something in me that no one else did and afforded me the opportunity to achieve incredible success,” Hannity said of Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
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At Fox News, Hannity originally co-hosted Hannity & Colmes. In 2008, he became the solo host of the program, which was re-named Hannity, while Alan Colmes became a Fox News liberal commentator. Currently averaging more than 2.1 million viewers, Hannity beats CNN and MSNBC combined in viewership and is the second-most-watched show in cable news behind Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. Apart from Larry King, Hannity is the only cable news host to hold the same primetime slot for the last 15 years.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Fox News Channel is finalizing new deals with its two biggest stars, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. The new multi-year, multi-million dollar agreements, which are expected to be completed by early next week, will take both hosts past their 20-year mark at the cable news network. O’Reilly and Hannity have been key to FNC’s primetime ratings dominance. O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor is the highest rated show in cable news, a position it has held for 125 consecutive months, followed by Hannity. On Monday, The O’Reilly Factor drew 2.8 million viewers and Hannity 2.1 million for another 1-2 finish among all cable news programs.
Both O’Reilly and Hannity have been with Fox News Channel since its launch in October 1996. O’Reilly started off with The O’Reilly Report, which was soon renamed The O’Reilly Factor. Hannity was the co-host of Hannity & Colmes before going solo with Hannity three years ago. Both Hannity & Colmes and Hannity have aired at 9 PM, making Hannity the only personality currently on cable news to have remained in the same time slot. O’Reilly, whose previous contract was up at the end of this year, was asked in February about the prospect of him staying at Fox News. “We’ll see what happens,” he told Multichannel News. “It’s a matter of how I’m feeling physically and how the company sees my role going … Read More »