FOX News' Megyn Kelly Will Be Replacing Bill O'Reilly After Baby Due Date, Shep Smith Says

By Jonathan Lambert on Jul 05, 2013 11:20 AM EDT

FOX News anchorwoman, Megyn Kelly, will soon be headed to prime soon as she returns from maternity leave. Shep Smith jokingly said that Mrs. Kelly will be replacing longtime anchor Bill O'Reilly following her new baby's due date.

On Wednesday night, Megyn Kelly announced that she was officially going on maternity leave. Mrs. Kelly will be using this time to focus on the birth of her third child. Fellow anchor Shep Smith used the opportunity to crack a few jokes at Bill O'Reilly's expense.

After hosting her last episode of America Live and giving a heartfelt speech about her time on the program, Megyn through the program to Shep. Shep, who was well aware of the celebrity's upcoming prime time spot said: "I'm so sad we fired O'Reilly. I know you need a timeslot. I'm sorry Bill, you need more time to write books!"

Mrs. Kelly, who was in on the joke replied,"You know it's really awkward for him to find out this way. I'm glad you just put it out there."

The pair was clearly kidding. Mr. O'Reilly has been the most watched cable news anchor for the past ten years. Mrs. Kelly is much newer to the business than Bill. 

Since 2010, the news anchor has been hosting America Live, a FOX News show that airs weekdays at 1:00p.m. Back in February, the 42-year-old reporter announced that she and husband, Doug Brunt are expecting their third child together:

"Every Valentine's Day we always struggle to find just the right gift, and yet this year I believe that we found the perfect solution. Happily, Doug and I are expecting another baby."

Fans were overjoyed by her word as to whether FOX was as pleased. The network announced yesterday that they would be moving the new mom to prime time, as soon as she returns from maternity leave.

Despite being unsure of when that could be, Roger Ailes, CEO of FOX, felt confident enough to confirm reports and issued a statement of his own:

"Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filled and surpassed each role we have given her at the network," Ailes said. "Her ability to command the screen, delve into the facts and lead a debate is what makes her one of the most sought-after anchors in the business."

Currently, there is no word as to whether or not Megyn will be bumping off another anchor for the coveted position. It seems unlikely that they would co-host one of the prime time slots, but stranger things have happened.

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