Now, a third Fox News heavyweight has left the building.
The speculation mounted because Hannity reportedly has a "key man clause" in his contract that allows him to break the contract if a "key man" (in this case, Bill Shine) leaves the network. According to writer Gabriel Sherman, who has always been a watchdog of Fox News and has sourced many high profile stories about the network, Fox News may not be out of the woods yet. Shine has been named as a defendant, along with O'Reilly and Ailes, in several lawsuits against the network, including one sexual-harassment complaint by Laurie Luhn, a former Fox News booker, who has accused Ailes of harassment and "psychological torture" over 20 years.
Shine, who has been cited in at least two sexual harassment lawsuits against Fox News, was widely viewed as a holdover who had to go.
Before Murdoch's announcement, Shine asked Murdoch's sons for a public statement of support, and they declined to provide it, according to NY magazine.
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"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders", Murdoch said in the statement. That's how Sean Hannity portrayed the stakes last week when NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported that Shine was denied a vote of confidence by his bosses at 21st Century Fox. And Gabe I KNOW WHO it is. CEO Roger Ailes resigned in July 2016 after ex-host Gretchen Carlson accused the executive of sexual harassment.
Shine was promoted to co-president a year ago, after CEO Roger Ailes was driven from the network amid allegations of inappropriate behavior toward female employees.
"A Fox News executive who complained to ousted co-president Bill Shine about how her male colleague's treatment of women at the company was told "[the colleague] was a necessary evil", New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports. Ailes was in charge, no doubt, but Shine certainly helped propel Fox News to its current status as a leading platform for conservative views. He has denied all sexual harassment accusations that have been made against him, including $13 million in payouts he has made to various women in the past decade.
Jack Abernethy remains as co-president of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations. That person was Roger Ailes, who has been gone for a while. 21st Century Fox shares have dropped 6.2 percent since an April 1 New York Times report on allegations against O'Reilly. Two other long-time executives, Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace, were elevated to president of programming and president of news respectively, Fox News said in a statement.