As Fox News continues to lose advertisers and top executives, we take a look at who’s leaving the network.
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Fox News’ recent departures
As of late, Fox News has seen a number of employees leave the company. In the past few months, Fox News has lost some of its most well-known and longstanding employees. Who’s leaving Fox News, and why?
Megyn Kelly is one of the most well-known faces at Fox News, but she is leaving the network for greener pastures. In January 2017, it was announced that Kelly would be departing Fox News for a new role at NBC. It is not yet known what her exact role at NBC will be, but Kelly has said that she is looking forward to a new challenge.
This marks the end of a long and successful career at Fox News for Kelly. She first joined the network in 2004, and quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the network’s most popular stars. Over the years, Kelly has anchored several different shows on Fox News, including ‘The Kelly File’ and ‘America Live.’ She has also made regular appearances on ‘Fox & Friends’ and ‘Hannity.’
Kelly’s departure is just the latest in a string of high-profile departures from Fox News. In 2016, both Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly announced that they were leaving the network. And in 2017, it was announced that Bill O’Reilly would also be departing.
Fox News has parted ways with long-time host Bill O’Reilly amid allegations of sexual harassment.
O’Reilly, who has been with the network since 1996, was let go on Wednesday after board members of 21st Century Fox met to discuss the allegations against him.
The move comes just two weeks after another Fox News host, Sean Hannity, was accused of sexual harassment by a former network contributor. Hannity has denied the allegations.
Hannity is one of the most popular and influential conservative voices in the country. He has been with Fox News since its inception in 1996, and his show “Hannity” is the network’s second most-watched program, averaging more than 3 million viewers a night.
In recent months, Hannity has become one of the most vocal defenders of President Trump, and he has been critical of the Russia investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Hannity’s departure from Fox News comes as the network is undergoing a significant shakeup. In April, longtime anchor Bill O’Reilly was ousted from the network amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Reasons for leaving
There are many reasons why people are leaving Fox News. Some people are leaving because they are dissatisfied with the network’s political coverage, others are leaving because they believe the network has become too biased, and still others are leaving because they simply don’t like the way the network is run. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that Fox News is losing some of its top talent.
Fox News’ toxic environment
Since its inception in 1996, Fox News has been plagued by accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination. In 2016, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. After an investigation, Ailes was ousted from the network.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Fox News employees. In April 2018, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was forced to leave the network after it was revealed that he had settled multiple sexual harassment lawsuits.
In July 2018, 21st Century Fox reached a $10 million settlement with former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder over allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. In September 2018, it was reported that Fox News had settled with a former contributor who accused host Sean Hannity of sexual harassment.
And in November 2018, three more women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against former Fox News host Eric Bolling. Bolling was subsequently fired from the network.
The departures of O’Reilly, Ailes, Bolling, and other high-profile figures from Fox News have led many to believe that the network has a toxicity problem.
Sexual harassment allegations
Sexual harassment allegations have been made against Fox News by various women. In July 2016, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against then-Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. On September 23rd, New York Magazine published an article in which six more women accused Ailes of sexual harassment. In the wake of these allegations, Ailes resigned from Fox News on Thursday, July 21st, 2016.
Lack of support from network
former employees have said that they left the network because they felt it had become too partisan, and that they were uncomfortable with its coverage of the Trump administration.
“I didn’t feel good about being there,” said one former employee. “I don’t think they have a clear sense of what they want to be, and I think that’s led to a lot of the bad decisions that they’ve made lately.”
Another former employee said: “Part of me feels like I’m a sellout for even having worked there, because it’s not a journalistic institution.”
Impact of departures on Fox News
departure of Fox News’ most popular hosts could have a significant impact on the network. First, let’s take a look at a few of the most notable departures.
Loss of top talent
The departure of Megyn Kelly, one of Fox News’ biggest stars, is a sign of the network’s struggles to retain top talent.
Since the 2016 presidential election, Fox News has seen a number of its top employees leave the network. In addition to Kelly, who left for NBC News, Fox News has also lost Greta Van Susteren, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and several other high-profile personalities.
The loss of these personalities has had a major impact on Fox News’ ratings. In the first quarter of 2017, Fox News was the most-watched cable news network in primetime, but it fell to third place in overall ratings (behind MSNBC and CNN).
Fox News has also been facing allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. These allegations have led to the departures of several key executives, including Roger Ailes (the founder and former CEO of Fox News) and Bill Shine (the network’s co-president).
Difficulty attracting new viewers
Fox News has seen a decline in viewers in recent years, and this has been exacerbated by the departures of some of its most popular personalities. Megyn Kelly, one of the network’s most high-profile stars, left in early 2017 to join NBC. Bill O’Reilly, another ratings behemoth, was forced out later that year amid allegations of sexual harassment. Most recently, Sean Hannity has been embroiled in a controversy surrounding his relationship with President Trump.
These departures have not only left Fox News without some of its most popular on-air personalities, but have also made it more difficult for the network to attract new viewers. In an increasingly competitive landscape, Fox News faces stiffer competition from other cable news networks as well as streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
Fox News has been embroiled in a series of scandals in recent years, and several high-profile departures have only added to the negative publicity. In July 2016, then-chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was ousted amid allegations of sexual harassment, and in April 2017, popular host Bill O’Reilly was forced out after it was revealed that he had settled multiple sexual harassment claims.
More recently, Fox News has seen a number of high-profile departures, including anchor Megyn Kelly (who left for NBC News), host Eric Bolling (who was sacked amid sexual harassment allegations), and contributor Jeanine Pirro (whose show was abruptly cancelled).
These departures have led to speculation about the future of Fox News. Some observers have suggested that the network is in crisis, while others believe that it will continue to be a powerful force in the conservative movement.