Gabriel Sherman revealed that two sources told him that Fox News co-president Bill Shine was fired Monday morning.
21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch released a statement confirming Shine’s resignation soon after the New York Magazine reporter first tweeted the news. Murdoch also announced that Suzanne Scott will be the president of programming and Jay Wallace will be president of the news.
Sherman also claims that a source said several women at Fox had circulated a petition insisting that Shine be fired. Apparently, Fox’s on-air personalities were shocked by the news and told Sherman that they have “no idea what’s going on.”
Sherman points out that Shine was former Fox News boss Roger Ailes’ “righthand guy,” and was “involved in carrying out Ailes’s attacks on enemies, including instructing Fox talent to go after me.”
Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed a lawsuit earlier this year against Fox and claimed that Shine “aided and abetted” his former boss Roger Ailes.
Shine joined Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly as the third major firing in the wake of Fox’s sexual harassment scandals.
Fox host Sean Hannity heard last week that Shine might be on his way out and was alarmed, claiming that his departure would be “the end of Fox News as we know it.”