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Sean Hannity to be sole host of new Fox News show

December 11, 2008 |  2:15 pm

Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is losing his liberal counterpart Alan Colmes at the end of the year, will not be getting a new on-air partner. Instead, the conservative commentator will headline his own show, called simply “Hannity,” beginning Jan. 12, the network announced today.

The program –- running in the same 6 p.m. Pacific time slot -- will include several segments in which three guests from across the political spectrum, dubbed the "Great American Panel," will weigh in on the topics of the day. The show will also include regular commentary and interviews by Hannity, as well as a feature called “Hate Hannity Hotline” that will highlight the critical comments he receives from listeners of his syndicated radio show.

“When Alan Colmes left us with a void last month, 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,” Bill Shine, the network’s senior vice president of programming, said in a statement.

This marks the first time in Fox News’ 12-year history that it has changed its programming in the 6 p.m. time period.

-- Matea Gold