Fox News co-president is ousted

In the past year, many famous Fox faces have departed the network, most notably Bill O'Reilly amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Fox host Sean Hannity previously hinted on Twitter that Shine's job was in trouble and said Shine's removal would doom the company.

Somewhat further into the weeds, an anonymous "TV executive" told Mediaitehe is trying to lure Hannity into signing up for "an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left". He added that Shine's "contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years". Putting a woman in the top spot at Fox News would send a distinct message given the issues that have been roiling the network. Jay Wallace will assume the role of President of News.

Fox News host Sean Hannity is seen in the White House briefing room in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2017.

Shine was appointed co-president with Jack Abernethy, who remains in place, at the time of Ailes departure.

Falzone's suit is the 15th alleging race- or gender-based discrimination or harassment at the network, according to NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman, who broke the news of Shine's exit.

Shine stepped down on Monday amid accusations that he retaliated against Fox News employees who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment, some against former CEO Roger Ailes.

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.

Shine's name came up several times in sexual harassment allegations against Ailes, listing him as one of Ailes' enablers. But later in the week, reports emerged that Murdoch was looking for a female executive to help run Fox News.

Shine will be replaced by Suzanne Scott, who Sherman reports has a history of enforcing "Ailes's dictums, including his mini-skirt dress code for on-air women". With Bill Shine, it appears that they didn't want his apparent malfeasance and their neglect to interfere with their efforts to take over Sky News in the U.K. and Tribune Media in the United States.

Other suits have mentioned Shine as allowing a workplace environment that fostered sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

Whether such a network would open sexual harassers like O'Reilly with open arms is still unknown - my guess is that they would.

  • Salvatore Jensen