So says Mediaite. A year ago, this would have been a no-brainer. As it is, I’m a little surprised.
You can expect Hemmer to have a less confrontational stance towards Trump world. He has proven himself an adept if reserved anchor on Fox’s three hour slate of morning news programming — Hemmer has worked alongside some of its biggest stars, from Megyn Kelly to Martha MacCallum — but without the contrarian truth-telling and appeals to journalistic integrity that made Smith a hero to critics of Fox News and a villain to much of its audience.
If there’s one thing Fox is looking to change with the 3 p.m. hour, it’s the ratings. While Smith was widely celebrated outside the network, his hour often came dead last in viewership. Since his departure, ratings for the 3 p.m. hour have spiked.
“I think Bill Hemmer will get the 3 p.m. slot. He’s a known quantity at Fox, likable, presumably acceptable to the news side but not a guy known for snarking at the president like Smith was,” said a wise man the day after Shep’s shocking departure.