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Greta Van Susteren: Elbowed aside at Fox News by Megyn Kelly?

July 03, 2013|By Scott Collins
  • Greta Van Susteren has reportedly met with CNN about returning to the network where she found fame.
Greta Van Susteren has reportedly met with CNN about returning to the network… (Ethan Miller/Getty Images )

These days, Greta Van Susteren isn't just covering the news, she's making it.

Speculation is rampant that Van Susteren may be getting ready to walk away from her 10 p.m. Fox News Channel show and head back to CNN, where she rose to prominence in the 1990s as a legal analyst.

One catalyst behind such a possible move? This week's announcement that hard-hitting anchor Megyn Kelly will get a prime-time slot after she returns from maternity leave later this year. Word is that Kelly could get the 10 p.m. real estate, which might leave Van Susteren with no home in prime time, between 8 and 11 p.m. 

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Meanwhile, CNN is in the middle of yet another reinvention, this one overseen by former NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker.

Van Susteren, for her part, is saying, just move along, there's nothing to see here.

In a Wednesday blog post headlined LET ME STOP THE RUMORS, she wrote: "I am not going anywhere. I have a long term contract with Fox News Channel and it is for a daily cable news show in prime time."

But Van Susteren didn't address a story in Tuesday's New York Times (echoing a Monday story on the website Mediaite) in which an unnamed CNN executive confirmed that Van Susteren and Zucker had recently talked about her returning to work at CNN.

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Complicating all this is the fact that Van Susteren evidently did, in fact, recently sign a long-term extension at Fox News. But there's no contract that can't disappear if both sides want it to.

Fox News is still the runaway leader in cable news, but its audience has aged. Kelly may have some appeal for younger viewers. She's 42, while Van Susteren is 59.

Spokespersons for CNN and Fox News did not reply to emails.

What do you think of Van Susteren's possible shift?

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