There are BIG changes happening over at Fox! “Effective Immediately!”
Network co-presidents … announced that senior political analyst Brit Hume will host the show for the remainder of the election.
“…“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. We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success.”
It’s the ‘immediately’ that catches peoples’ interest. Some claim it was about money. Others think it was more personal.
Van Susteren was one of the few Fox News employees who defended Roger Ailes publicly as the sexual harassment scandal broke, so it would not be surprising if the Murdochs played hardball with her over money because they want the Ailes loyalists out.
Greta Van Susteren has been a constant long-term presence on Fox News for nearly a decade and a half, so the idea that her departure was only about money doesn’t pass the smell test. As we reported at the time of the firing of Roger Ailes, three Fox primetime hosts all have/had clauses in their contracts that would allow them to leave if Ailes was no longer working at the network. Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly both still have out clauses, as did Greta Van Susteren.
Fox News is heading for major changes. A bloodbath was expected to occur after the 2016 election, but it looks like the fireworks are starting early. The assumption is that Sean Hannity will be the next to go and that Bill O’Reilly may decide to retire. Megyn Kelly’s contract expires next year, and it has been made clear that if she is going to stay, O’Reilly is going to need to go.
Here it is in Greta’s own words:
From my Facebook page pic.twitter.com/9kZdRVjViZ
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) September 6, 2016
What will this mean for the future of Fox News? Time will tell.