When Gretchen Carlson claimed that Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, sexually harassed the former Miss America, nobody saw this coming.
Roger Ailes was the most powerful CEO in cable news until Gretchen Carlson claimed sexual harassment.
Since the claim, Carlson and Fox have settled out of court to the tune of $20 million dollars. That is a big payday.
Andrea Tantaros was fired and has filed her own suite against Fox and Ailes for sexual harassment.
Roger Ailes has been kicked out and over 50 staff members said they would leave if Ailes was let go. Many of them had a clause in their contracts that stated they could leave if Roger left the network for any reason.
Now we learn that Greta Van Susteren is leaving Fox after 14 years. Brit Hume, the longtime political reporter will take over “On the Record”.
The breakup came at the end of contract debates and the rumor is that nobody could come to an agreement.
Greta is opting to take the “key-man clause” to get out of her contract and leave Fox.
The co-presidents of Fox News, Jack Abernathy and Bill Shine released a statement about Greta’s departure.
“We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success.”
They quickly shifted to speaking about the person who will fill Greta’s spot.
“As one of the best political analysts in the industry, Brit is the ideal choice to host a nightly political program while the most dynamic and captivating election in recent history unfolds. Having Brit at the helm of this show will enable Fox News to continue on track to have its highest-rated year ever as the network dominates the cable news landscape.”
The move could be filler until they find something new to replace the “On the Record” show after the elections.
Brit Hume released his own statement regarding the change.
“My Fox News colleagues have set a high standard for political coverage which I’ll do my best to uphold. I’m honored to be asked.”
The changeups and fallout from the Ailes departure isn’t over, but it doesn’t seem to be affecting the ratings much as Fox continues to dominate all other cable news channels.
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