On the same day that Fox News settled Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against former CEO Roger Ailes for $20 million, another high-profile woman is leaving the cable network: On The Record anchor Greta Van Susteren. On Tuesday morning, Fox announced that Van Susteren would be departing effective immediately, but provided no explanation as to why. The news immediately sent social media into a frenzy.
Fox announced that starting Tuesday night, Van Susteren's time slot will be filled by 6 P.M. anchor Brit Hume. Notably, the two hosts differ on presidential candidate Donald Trump—with Van Susteren often seen as more supportive of the loud billionaire, while Hume is more critical.
Even more significantly, Van Susteren was one of the few high-ranking women at Fox News to support Roger Ailes after Carlson accused him of propositioning her for sex. Even as more women from the network accused Ailes (including Megyn Kelly), and he was quickly ousted from his position as CEO, Van Susteren stood by his side. Many are speculating that her abrupt departure is related to the network's $20 million payout to Carlson.
Just when it seemed like Fox had put this controversy to bed, this news has blown it up all over again. Let's hope the network's management can quickly get it under control once again. Then they can go back to their real goal: pretending the Republican Party isn't in free fall.