Laura Ingraham was the toast of Fox News on Wednesday evening as the number-one cable news channel hosted a star-studded bash at a steakhouse just across the street from the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the premiere of “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday, October 30, at 10 p.m.
“It will be great, I’m sure. I’m very confident,” Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp., told LifeZette..
He warmed up the crowd by boasting of Fox News' status as the No. 1 cable news channel. Murdoch said the addition of Ingraham will mean the channel has the most female talent of any news channel, and that with the addition of Shannon Bream's 11 p.m. show, Fox News will be live from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Ingraham promised to hear all sides, and said she was grateful to Murdoch for the opportunity to discuss the nation's issues in the 10 p.m. time slot.
"I've always been home but I really feel like I've come home now," said Ingraham, who was hired as a Fox News contributor in 2007. "Tonight, I am exceedingly grateful ... This is going to be a new exciting chapter."
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Several Fox News heavyweights arrived at the party to toast Ingraham, including Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday"; Bret Baier, host of "Special Report with Bret Baier"; and Shannon Bream, the news network's night anchor. Peter Doocy, D.C. correspondent for Fox News and son of "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy, was also there.
The White House sent top advisers to the president Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Miller, along with Mercedes Schlapp, the communications aide handling tax reform issues. Trump's former deputy campaign manager, Dave Bossie, also stopped by.
Longtime friends of Ingraham who were there included Pat Buchanan, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Bill Bennett, the former education secretary under President Ronald Reagan.
Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) were there, as were Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform and former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer.
The event caps quite a month for Ingraham, who has been on a promotion tour for her new book on the 2016 presidential campaign, "Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump."