Van Susteren Makes Sudden Exit from Fox
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren left the network suddenly this week after working with them for 14 years.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 6, 2016
The Hill reports:
Brit Hume will take over as the anchor for “On the Record” effective Tuesday.
Fox News announced the departure of the long-time host in a statement released shortly after news broke of a settlement between the network and former anchor Gretchen Carlson, who had filed a $20 million lawsuit over allegations of sexual harassment from former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.
A network spokesman told USA Today that Van Susteren’s departure had nothing to do with the settlement.
Ailes departed the network over the summer in a move that shook up the cable news landscape.
The timing of Van Susteren’s exit raised eyebrows because of the Ailes news and because it is unusual for a political anchor to leave just months before a presidential election.
In a statement, Van Susteren said that Fox “has not felt like home to me for a few years.”
She said she was leaving now to take advantage of a clause in her contract that allows her to leave but that would have expired.
Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine in their own statement said they were “grateful” to Van Susteren for her contributions to the network.
“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,” Abernethy and Shine said.
“Having Brit at the helm of this show will enable FOX News to continue on track to have its highest-rated year even as the network dominates the cable news landscape.”
Van Susteren’s next career move is unclear.
She has described herself as “a feminist” who believes in “equality, no special deals, just equality.”
Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes about two months ago. Ailes resigned amid an internal investigation two weeks after Carlson filed the suit and denied the allegations.
Hume, who serves as the network’s senior political analyst, said he was “honored” to be asked to take over the show.
“I am happy to take on this assignment for the balance of this extraordinary election,” he said in a statement.
“My FOX News colleagues have set a high standard for political coverage which I’ll do my best to uphold.”
Here are the full statements from Fox News and Van Susteren.
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