Fox News has named host Jesse Watters as the permanent replacement for former host Tucker Carlson's 8 p.m. EST hour.
The shakeup is part of a new overall schedule that includes a new primetime lineup, the network announced Monday.
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"Laura Ingraham will host 'The Ingraham Angle' at 7 p.m., moving from her current 10 p.m. slot, with Watters taking over the 8 p.m. time slot to host 'Jesse Watters Primetime,'" CBS News reported.
"Sean Hannity will remain the host of the network's 9 p.m. show, with Greg Gutfeld moving to 10 p.m., Fox News said. 'Fox News @ Night' with Trace Gallagher will air one hour earlier, at 11 p.m. The new lineup takes effect July 17," it added.
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"Watters previously appeared on The O'Reilly Factor–where he rose to popularity with his on-the-street segment, 'Watters' World'–served as co-host on the network's The Five," Parade noted.
Watters "also hosted his own opinion talk show, Jesse Watters Primetime, which is said to be moving back an hour to the 8 p.m. time slot to fill Carlson's programming," it added.
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"Earlier this month, Fox News also announced sweeping changes to its weekend lineup as the network continued its reorganization post-Carlson," the Western Journal reported.
"Those weekend changes included finding replacements for Dan Bongino (who left the network due to scheduling issues) and Steve Hilton (who left the network to focus on politics)," it added.
The news comes as Carlson has launched his own new show directly to Twitter, seeking an option to broadcast right away online rather working through a traditional television network.
The new show comes as Fox News experienced a temporary drop in ratings following Carlson's departure. The network has noted that its ratings are now returning after some rocky weeks.
The lineup creates back-to-back programs with the network's top hosts as Fox News now seeks to build its evening ratings to full strength in the aftermath of Carlson's exit. The plan also comes as competing networks continue to push to cut into its audience as cable network's number-one news outlet in America.