Two months before the election, and two months after Fox Chairman Robert Ailes' resignation, beloved legal analyst Greta Van Susteren has left Fox News.
A source “familiar with the process” told Fox News the former lawyer left after a financial dispute with the network, and Susteren chose to invoke her departure when negotiations deadlocked. Fox News’ Howie Kurtz reported Susteren had a “key man” clause in her contract allowing her to leave if Ailes left the network, and in a post on Facebook, Susteren explained “the clause had a time limitation” that caused her to make the rapid decision.
Fox News announced Susteren’s departure mere minutes after a $20 million settlement with Gretchen Carlson, the anchorwoman at the head of Ailes’ sexual harassment suit that triggered his resignation from the network. Despite defending Ailes in previous statements to People Magazine, a source close to Susteren told New York Magazine the legal analyst left the network because she was “troubled by the culture” Ailes left behind.
“There’s so much chaos, it’s very hard to work there,” Susteren's husband, John P. Coale, said in a phone interview with The New York Times. Asked to clarify what Susteren's true motivations were for leaving the network, Coale said, “There’s more than meets the eye,” and that there “might be litigation in the future” so he could not speak further.
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In July, Susteren told The Daily Beast she would be happy to return to teaching at Georgetown or returning to the legal field should she ever leave Fox News. In her recent Facebook post announcing her departure, Susteren stated she would love to continue her career in broadcasting but has not yet contacted any other networks to “see if they might be interested.”
For the months leading up the election, Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume will take over Susteren’s position as anchor to the nightly news show "On the Record." In his statement to Fox News, Hume said he is “happy to take on this assignment for the balance of this extraordinary election.”