Fox News has dominated the cable news industry for the past two decades — sitting at the number one spot year after year.
But all that changed when Fox News split their audience by turning on Donald Trump, even using Fake News style “fact checks” on the President’s allegations of widespread voter fraud committed by Democrats on November 3.
Which is why no one expected Fox News to offer this major new role to this Trump supporter.
Fox News’ left-ward drift, combined with the rise of alternative news organizations like Newsmax and One America News Network, splintered Fox News’ viewership and dealt a crippling blow to the network’s ratings.
In recent weeks, Fox has tried to recover from the loss by moving 7PM host Martha McCallum to a daytime slot and replacing her 7pm newscast with an opinion show similar to those of Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson.
Right now, no one knows who the new host will be.
But the network is holding an open audition and former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy is one of the first personalities who will get to tryout for the new spot.
Bartiromo won’t be first up to helm the show — that distinction goes to Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, who will present the premiere on Monday night.
Other upcoming hosts of the new opinion program include conservative and right-wing commentators familiar to Fox audiences: former congressman Trey Gowdy, regular Tucker Carlson guest and occasional fill-in host Mark Steyn, and network contributors Katie Pavlich and Rachel Campos-Duffy.
After he left Congress in 2018, former U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy joined Fox News as a political contributor.
However, Gowdy is a household name among Trump supporters and conservatives for his role in exposing Hillary Clinton’s private email server and also helping the House Intelligence Committee debunk the Democrats’ Russian-Collusion hoax.
President Trump also asked for Gowdy’s assistance during his first impeachment sham trial hearing in the Senate.
Perhaps Fox News is trying to give a conservative like Gowdy a chance for a permanent, prime-time role as a way to win back the 40% of their audience they lost after they stabbed President Trump in the back during the last election.