Fox News ‘insiders’ reveal top 5 contenders to replace Megyn Kelly–and Greta weighs in with her favorite

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Now that the cat’s out of the bag about NBC successfully wooing Megyn Kelly away from Fox News, there is plenty of speculation about who should fill her prime 9 p.m. time slot.

The consensus from those said to be in the know is that Rupert Murdoch will choose a woman to replace Kelly, according to New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman.

“The leading internal contenders include Trish Regan, Shannon Bream, Sandra Smith, and Martha MacCallum,” Sherman wrote. “Two sources said Kimberly Guilfoyle is lobbying for the job.”

Sherman also reported that “Murdoch balked when Kelly asked for $25 million,” only to see a later report surface that said Kelly turned down a $100 million deal, so take his word with a grain of salt.

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Regan, a host at Fox Business Network, may have a leg up on the competition, according to a report from Business Insider that says former CEO Roger Ailes was grooming her for the spot.

Bream shares a number of similarities with Kelly and is also seen as a viable contender:

Not that the other ladies don’t have their share of advocates:

One former Fox News host offered her take on who should get the gig.

Greta Van Susteren, who left the network in September, took to social media on Tuesday to advocate on behalf of Guilfoyle, who co-hosts “The Five.”

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“OK … I will weigh in … I think @kimguilfoyle would be a good choice for the Fox 9pm – she is smart and fun … viewers love her,” Van Susteren wrote.

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