With his partner’s last show set for Jan. 9, Sean Hannity will go it alone on Fox News Channel -- sort of.
When Alan Colmes, his co-host over the past 12 years on Hannity & Colmes departs next month, Hannity will lead the show by himself, flanked by a rotating panel, including a conservative, a liberal and a so-called X factor. Hannity & Colmes is the second-ranked program on Fox News Channel, behind The O'Reilly Factor.
Hannity, with “The Great American Panel” in tow, is slated to bow on Jan. 12 in the same 9 p.m. time period its forebear has occupied since 1996. In addition to the new voices, the show will spotlight the “Hate Hannity Hotline,” voicemails and video messages from listeners of Hannity's syndicated radio program Hannity renewed his contract with Fox News in October.
"When Alan Colmes left us, we decided to build a new program utilizing Sean’s signature talents rather than take on the monumental task of replacing someone as exceptional as Alan and attempting to rebuild a rare chemistry that is unlikely to ever be matched in cable television again,” said FNC senior vice president of programming Bill Shine in a statement.
Colmes, who announced last month that he would be leaving the show, will remain with Fox News Channel as a liberal commentator. He’s also working on a weekend show for the network.