Colmes Out at Fox; Who Would You Want to Replace Him?
by Jonathan Singer, Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 11:58:35 AM EST
Michael Calderone has the details:
Fox News announced that after 12 years, Alan Colmes will be leaving the top-rated "Hannity & Colmes" at the end of the year.
"I approached Bill Shine (FNC's Senior Vice President of Programming) earlier this year about wanting to move on after 12 years to develop new and challenging ways to contribute to the growth of the network," Colmes said in a statement. "Although it's bittersweet to leave one of the longest marriages on cable news, I'm proud that both Sean (Hannity) and I remained unharmed after sitting side by side, night after night for so many years."
While "Hannity & Colmes" has largely dominated its time slot over the years, recently the show began to slip thanks to the popularity of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, which has topped the Fox program in the demo multipletimes this month. As such, it might well be time for the show to get some new blood to stave off the competition from the left.
It's very possible that Fox will opt to drop even the veneer of balance by allowing Sean Hannity to man the helm of the show solo, or even by pairing him with another conservative talker. TV Newser also floats the names of former Mike Dukakis campaign manager Susan Estrich (a Fox regular), former Congressman Harold Ford, and Al Franken (if he isn't able to pull ahead in the final count in Minnesota) as potential lefty companions for Hannity.
If you had your druthers (and mind you this would be sentencing the person to hard time at Fox), who would you like to see butt heads against Hannity? One of the names above? From my vantage, I'm thinking Sam Seder (a friend of MyDD) of Air America would be one of the few picks that would get me to unlock the parental block I have on Fox at my house. (Update: To be clear, I'm saying Seder would be a palatable pick to make the show stomachable, not someone similarly milquetoast as Colmes.) Your thoughts?