Fox News anchor Sheppard Smith announced Thursday his prime time role on FNC would be changing.
Many Fox News Channel viewers were caught off guard near the close of Sheppard Smith's last segment Thursday on the "Fox Report". Shep stated he would be taking a medical leave for a shoulder injury, then return in a new capacity with Fox News. The "Fox Report" will no longer air at 7:00PM EDT on Fox News Channel. Shep will host a new approach to the Fox prime time line-up. He will anchor a new, breaking news feature called "Fox News Deck". He will cut-in to provide prime time hard news coverage and report on news headlines using innovative technology in a new studio currently being built on the 12th floor of News Corp.
With Shep out at the 7PM slot, further speculation has arisen about the to be announced new Fox line-up. A month ago Drudge Report posted a story that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelley would be taking over Sean Hannity's spot at 9PM. Now, who will take the 7PM and 10PM on-air slots? With O'Reilly at 8PM, and Kelley at 9PM, the question remains where will Greta Van Susteran and Hannity go. Fox announced in August all current prime time anchors were signed to multi-year contracts.