Fox News Hosts Opting to Leave Network If Ailes Is Forced Out
Fox News’ ratings-rich prime time lineup and dozens of contributors are reportedly willing to walk out the door in solidarity with embattled CEO Roger Ailes — and against Megyn Kelly.
According to Breitbart News, hosts Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, Eric Bolling, Neil Cavuto, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Laura Ingraham, Geraldo Rivera, Juan Williams, Jeanine Pirro, Bo Dietl, Monica Crowley, as well as the “Fox & Friends” hosts, would be agreeable to leave if Ailes is forced out.
In addition, at least 50 Fox News contributors would also be inclined to leave, Breitbart reports.
The Financial News already reported that O’Reilly, Hannity and Susteren all had clauses in their contracts allowing them to walk if Ailes left, but the latest development indicates Kelly’s allegation of being sexually harassed by Ailes has opened a rift at the beleaguered network.
“If Fox wants to become the ‘all about Megyn Network,’ that’s fine,” an unnamed Fox News host tells Breitbart News. “We stand with Roger. And real anger has emerged that the so-called Megyn incident happened 10 years ago. The consensus among the hosts and contributors is: ‘Why didn’t she say anything then? Really, the same woman that posed half naked in GQ? The same woman on Howard Stern saying what?'”
Breitbart News quotes another unnamed Fox News Channel host saying: “If Megyn Kelly wants to leave, we are fine with that. Good riddance.”
Ailes, who is facing a lawsuit by fired “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson that he sexually harassed her, is reportedly negotiating a departure from the network. SOURCE