Fox News co-president Bill Shine resigns

Sean Hannity said on Twitter last week that Shine's removal would be

Sean Hannity said on Twitter last week that Shine's removal would be"the total end of as we know it. Carolyn Kaster

In October, Hannity questioned Megyn Kelly regarding remarks she made about Donald Trump and rival Hillary Clinton making appearances only on programs known to be friendly to their particular cause, citing Trump's appearances on "Hannity".

Shine was a staunch defender of O'Reilly when the host was at the network. As Ailes' closest ally, Shine was quite possibly the last link to the version of Fox News that Ailes was the architect of.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor on Monday called Mr Shine's departure "long overdue". The network said he resigned.

Because the Murdoch family, which controls Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, seems to be picking off executives (and talent, in the case of Bill O'Reilly) associated with the lawsuits and the Ailes culture at the network, many employees believe the purge is far from over. "His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years". The two men, Roger Ailes loyalists, were promoted in August as a sign to O'Reilly and others that the network wouldn't drift away from its roots. Shine was known for his ability to identify the hot button issues that appeal to the conservative viewers who flock to the network.

No one has accused Shine of harassing behavior - but some ex-employees have accused him of covering up the alleged wrongdoings of others. But he is named in several of the harassment lawsuits filed against the network, alleging that he failed to act on complaints about Ailes.

Last week, Murdoch took Shine and Abernethy to lunch at the Central Park South restaurant Marea and the outing was interpreted as a public show of support.

Last week, Sean Hannity, who has repeatedly defended Shine, tweeted that if Shine left, it would mean "the total end of the FNC as we know it". He also hinted that he may address Shine's departure on his show.

"I know Bill was respected and liked by everyone at Fox News, " Murdoch wrote. Jay Wallace will assume the role of President of News. Jay Wallace, executive vice president of news, will be president of news.

Right now they are just rumors, but if Hannity were to leave, an already stretched Fox News would be challenged to replace him. CEO Roger Ailes resigned in July 2016 after ex-host Gretchen Carlson accused the executive of sexual harassment.

"This is not really very sophisticated management", Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

Fox chief Rupert Murdoch broke the news to staffers in a memo Monday.

The last remaining primetime anchor at Fox News insists he is not going anywhere.

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