Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Sean Hannity Calls Emergency Meeting As Rumors Swirl He's Leaving Fox News

Sean Hannity Calls Emergency Meeting As Rumors Swirl He's Leaving Fox News

The fallout from the troubles that have enveloped Fox News has taken a fresh turn with the resignation of co-president Bill Shine and the promotion of long-serving executives Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace.

Shine had been with Fox News since it started in 1996. "His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years", said 21 Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Fox will still have plenty of old hands to rely on, even as it brings a new manager on board.

Abernethy remains co-president of Fox News and chief executive of Fox Television stations.

Fox's parent 21st Century Fox is attempting the turnaround while trying to protect its greatest asset - a thriving, profitable news network that's essential to its politically conservative fans and thus far unhurt by ugly stories about its Manhattan headquarters.

Many people at Fox News don't expect Shine to be the last of the Ailes acolytes to leave.

The revamped Fox News is taking shape, one high-profile departure at a time.

Roginsky, in her April lawsuit, accused Scott as well as contributor Angela McGlowan and anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle of encouraging Fox News women to "publicly disparage" Gretchen Carlson after she filed her sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes.The suit also accused Scott of encouraging women at Fox News to voice public support for Ailes and stated that Scott and Shine did not take her complaints of sexual harassment against Ailes seriously. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed Monday Hannity will remain with the channel.

Hannity had no statement about Shine's departure, the Fox News spokeswoman said.

The company announced Monday that the network's co-president, Bill Shine is out. NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported that the Murdoch family, which owns 21st Century Fox, "might not be done cleaning house". "They will lead Fox News to an even more successful future," said Murdoch. Hannity now regularly wins the ratings for his slot at 10 p.m.

The lawsuit on racial discrimination, of which Wright is among 13 plaintiffs, talks about an atmosphere of hostility created by Judith Slater, Fox's since-fired comptroller. And CNN reported last week that a federal investigation into financial settlements with accusers has been widened to include the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which has jurisdiction over mail fraud cases. Fox declined to comment. The host, whose show "The Five" just moved to prime time this week after O'Reilly's departure, said Wednesday he's on vacation for the rest of the week.

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