Alan will remain with FNC but he’s leaving the show. I am listening to Sean Hannity discuss this on his radio show as I write this. He truly sounds sad, which is understandable. He and Alan have worked together for 12 years on H&C, so I’m sure they have become close friends. Alan will address his decision later tonight. Here’s what the report from TV Newser says:
Alan Colmes’ departure from his Fox News show is the first talent change the network has seen in prime time since Greta Van Susteren replaced Paula Zahn in 2002.
Unlike its competitors, Fox News has had a consistent prime time lineup for nearly its entire existence: Fox Report with Shepard Smith at 7pmET, The O’Reilly Factor at 8, Hannity & Colmes at 9 and On the Record with Van Susteren at 10. In fact, H&C is the only FNC show that has remained in its original time slot since the network launched 12 years ago. It’s been the #1 rated show at 9pm since 2003, and FNC’s second-highest rated program after The Factor.
So, what’s behind the move? Insiders tell us Colmes was looking for a change and went to programming SVP Bill Shine several months ago. The idea was tabled until after the election and a new deal reached within the past few weeks.
TV Newser wants to know who you think should replace him. You can take their poll at the same link as above.