Fox News co-President Bill Shine turned in his resignation today, making him the third Fox News big-wig to resign in less than a year. Shine’s name was mentioned in court documents regarding the coverup of various sexual harassment charges lobbied at Roger Ailes. Shine was known to be Ailes’ right hand man during that time.
Shine’s departure is something that could cause huge ripples across the network. Sean Hannity took to Twitter last week to defend his boss. Hannity has yet to comment on Shine’s resignation.
Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done. Best Sean https://t.co/W3BJ2wjzRD
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 27, 2017
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement,
“This is a significant day for all at Fox News…Bill has played a huge role in building Fox News to its present position as the nation’s biggest and most important cable channel in the history of the industry. His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years.”
Shine’s duties will be handled by Fox News veteran Suzanne Scott, but questions already loom about whether her presence will be lasting. Scott is also mentioned in the lawsuit that doomed Ailes, O’Reilly, and Shine. She has been with the company, along with Ailes and Shine since its inception in 1996. Many feel her takeover is just more of the same.
If Scott is really just a new face but still part of the old-guard at Fox News, it would give even more weight to Andrea Tantaros’ allegations. In her lawsuit against the company, Tantaros said that Fox “operated like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult.”