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Gretchen Carlson’s New Fox Show to Premiere Monday

Carlson’s afternoon offering will mix news coverage, interviews and panels

Gretchen Carlson’s new afternoon show, “The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson,” will premiere Monday at 2 p.m., Fox News Channel vice president of news Michael Clemente said Wednesday.

The one-hour “Real Story With Gretchen Carlson” will focus on general news and crime to politics and investigative reports.  Carlson, who came aboard Fox News in 2005 after serving as a correspondent and co-anchor on CBS News’ “Saturday Early Show,” will interview newsmakers and lead in-depth panel debates, lending viewers context and perspective on the headlines of the day. The program will also utilize social media to explore trending news stories and enlist viewer feedback.

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Carlson, who most recently co-hosted Fox’s morning show “Fox & Friends,” said that she’s grateful for the new show — and the opportunity to start the day with her kids.

“I am thrilled that Roger Ailes has given me the opportunity to host a signature show for Fox that will focus on the real stories of the day. From in-depth interviews to social media interaction live during the show, I look forward to joining viewers in the afternoon for smart and straight-forward talk,” Carlson said. “Plus, I now get to have breakfast with my kids and maybe even drive them to school! How great is that?”

Carlson made waves on Thursday when she said on Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio show that she wasn’t allowed to wear pants during her tenure on “Fox & Friends,” but a well-placed Fox News insider told TheWrap that there is no “no pants” policy there. A quick glance at the morning news circuit shows a distinct lack of pants worn by most female anchors.