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Fox News went through some big changes in 2016, and one of the most significant was the departure of Greta Van Susteren. A prominent figure on the network for fourteen years as anchor of On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren, the host left in September and has been absent from television ever since, aside from an appearance as herself on ABC's Notorious. Now, it seems that Van Susteren is heading back to the small screen, as she teased a possible TV return on Twitter, posting this:
Greta Van Susteren unfortunately didn't clarify whether or not her decision would have anything to do with Fox News in her tweet, though she seemed to be directly responding to that part of the fan's post. The fan who reached out to her clearly knew her from her time on Fox News, but Van Susteren left the network in September because it no longer "felt like a home" to her. She chose to take advantage of a clause in her contract that would allow her to leave, and she gave no indication in the aftermath that she regretted her decision to move on.
The former anchor continued to drop hints on Twitter about her potential return to TV. Greta Van Susteren was evidently ready for "a new adventure" and was looking forward to traveling the world until she received a tempting offer to come back to television. She hasn't yet signed a contract; if she does, Van Susteren intends to get started on her new project as soon as possible.
The big question now is of which outlet approached Greta Van Susteren with the offer tempting enough to make her reconsider her plan to travel around the world. Fox News is an obvious candidate; she spent 14 years as an important figure there, and it's possible that her absence over the past few months has softened her hard stance about the network not feeling like a home. Conversely, Fox News could have taken steps to address Van Susteren's complaints to try and woo her back. On the Record performed well enough for Fox News over the years that it would make sense if the network would want Van Susteren back now that the presidential election is over and cable news networks will need to return to business as usual. Besides, given all the controversy this past year over Fox News C.E.O. Roger Ailes and his alleged sexual harassment of female employees, Fox News may want to start the new year with some good news for longtime viewers.
All of that said, Greta Van Susteren could easily be considering an offer from another network or even platform. Other cable news networks could be keen to sign her and possibly nab some regular Fox News viewers who miss her coverage on a daily basis. She clearly still has fans; if those fans are willing to follow her wherever she takes her talents, she could be a valuable asset to any network.
We'll have to wait and see if Greta Van Susteren does make the decision to return to TV. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what will hit the airwaves in 2017.