Laura Ingraham, the founder and editor-in-chief of LifeZette and longtime host of the nationally syndicated “Laura Ingraham Show,” will soon host her own Fox News show during the 10 p.m. prime-time slot.
The live show, to be titled “The Ingraham Angle,” will debut October 30.
Ingraham told LifeZette her radio show helped her connect with much of the nation often overlooked by the mainstream media and the liberal intelligentsia.
“It is a great privilege to speak with Americans every morning on the radio — they have taught me so much about this country I love over the past 16 years on air,” Ingraham said. “And now I’ll spend an hour with them at the end of the day, too, addressing the most compelling stories of our time, including those that get short shrift on other networks.”
Ingraham noted she has been with Fox for much of her career on television.
“Fox News has been my home for most of my career in television, and I’m so grateful to be part of this team,” she said.
Sean Hannity will move his longtime and successful show to the 9 p.m. slot, according to Fox News. The ensemble program “The Five” will return to the 5 p.m. hour. The changes take effect on September 25, and, until Ingraham begins in the 10 p.m. slot, rotating hosts will work it.
Ingraham will wrap the Fox News lineup after Martha MacCallum at 7 p.m., Tucker Carlson at 8 p.m., and Sean Hannity at 9 p.m.
Reaction poured in to LifeZette from leading conservatives elated by the news.
“Great call by Fox, and strong lineup for the playoffs,” said Pat Buchanan, the legendary conservative columnist and former communications director for President Ronald Reagan, in an email to LifeZette.
“I think she’s great and should do very well,” said longtime conservative columnist Cal Thomas. “Glad to see two accomplished women with their own shows.”
Conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also expressed excitement at the news.
“Congratulations to my friend Laura on getting her own program on Fox News Channel,” said Paul in an email to LifeZette. “I have no doubt she will be a huge success!”
“Well deserved,” said Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s former press secretary. “She will be a great addition to the prime-time lineup.”
Ingraham first become a commentary regular on television news in the mid-1990s, when producers took note of her tough debate style and informed views. She started her national radio show in 2001 and founded LifeZette in 2015. A news and commentary site, LifeZette helped shape the debate in the 2016 presidential election. LifeZette has won the first question at White House press briefings three times since President Donald Trump took office.
But it was Fox News that arguably gave Ingraham the most exposure to a national audience. Ingraham often appeared and guest-hosted top shows such as “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.”
Ingraham built a reputation as a tough opponent in a debate, even for longtime personalities at the cable network.
On April 2, 2013, Ingraham and O’Reilly squared off over O’Reilly’s use of the term “thump the Bible” in discussing the issue of gay marriage.
“You are not delineating, you are still saying that I insulted Christians who believe in the Bible: I did not,” O’Reilly said.
“Then why did you use the word ‘thump’?” Ingraham said.
“Because that’s the way you get it across!” O’Reilly replied. “There are Bible-thumpers and all they do is say, ‘I object to gay marriage because God objects to it.’.”
“I don’t think it helped,” Ingraham replied.
“I’m not here to help,” O’Reilly said. “Helpful? It was accurate and honest.”
“All I’m trying to say is that some people took offense,” Ingraham later said.
Ingraham noted O’Reilly often agreed with conservative Christians that judges should not legislate from the bench.
In another remarkable confrontation on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Ingraham, guest-hosting, went back and forth with the late Christopher Hitchens, the noted author and atheist. The two argued about support for Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain in late October 2008, just before the presidential election.
Ingraham argued McCain would be a better choice in the war on terror. After taking a verbal lashing from Ingraham, who noted she respected the late intellectual, Hitchens responded with his dry wit.
“You must have me on more often and tell me what you think,” Hitchens said.
‘The Ingraham Angle’
Ingraham noted in a statement released by Fox News that she has been a contributor at the cable outlet for 10 years.
“After a decade working at Fox News with a team of television pros, I am thrilled to be joining the prime-time line-up as a host of the 10 o’clock hour,” Ingraham said in the statement. “Martha, Tucker and Sean have proven that they understand the pulse of America across the political and the cultural spectrum. I look forward to informing and entertaining the audience and introducing new voices to the conversation.”
“The Ingraham Angle” will aim to cut through the Washington chatter to speak directly with unexpected voices and the actual people who are impacted by the news of the day, according to the Fox statement.
“Ingraham will challenge the decision makers to focus on everyday, hard-working Americans who serve as the backbone of the nation,” the statement continued. “The program will also highlight the importance of faith in our nation and reveal stories that showcase the American spirit.”
Ingraham joined Fox News in 2007 and most recently served as a contributor, providing political analysis and commentary during both its daytime and prime-time programming, according to Fox News.
Ingraham will continue to host her radio show, where she is the most listened-to woman in political talk radio on hundreds of U.S. stations, Fox News officials noted.
Ingraham will also continue to serve as LifeZette editor, but will no longer maintain an active role in day-to-day editorial operations.
Ingraham graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She worked as an attorney and a Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas. She also served as an aide to President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Ingraham has written many best-selling books, including “The Hillary Trap” and “The Obama Diaries.”