We reported earlier today on both the departure of Greta Van Susteren from Fox News, and Gretchen Carlson’s successful lawsuit against Roger Ailes, which netted her $20 million (at the expense of Fox, not Ailes). It’s interesting timing, because departures from and lawsuits against Fox might become more common than you’d think. After Carlson, Andrea Tantaros was the second to follow a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes. Tantaros’ lawsuit is targeting both Fox and Ailes to the tune of $50 million.
Both Carlson and Tantaros’ lawsuits were preceded by their silent departures from the network. Van Susteren’s departure was public, and she made the following post to Facebook to confirm it.
But will a lawsuit be soon incoming from her as well? According to BizPacReview, that might be the case;
Fox News Channel mainstay Greta Van Susteren abruptly left the network before her contract was up for renewal after 14 years — most of them in primetime hosting her own show, “On The Record.”
Her contract with Fox reportedly contained a “key man clause,” which provides her the right to leave the network before the termination date of her contract if a key man in the organization leaves — a key man like Roger Ailes, according to The New York Times. Ailes tendered his resignation in July.
The Times also reported that litigation may be in the works for the Fox News icon: Ms. Van Susteren’s husband, John P. Coale, said in a phone interview on Tuesday that his wife exercised what is known as “key man clause’’ on Friday, which allowed her to leave if Mr. Ailes was not in control. He said, “There’s so much chaos, it’s very hard to work there.” He said the timing of her departure with the announcement of the settlement with Ms. Carlson was a “coincidence.” Asked about why she had exercised the key man clause, he said, “There’s more than meets the eye” and that there “might be litigation in the future” so he did not want to talk further.
It’s sad to see so many familiar faces depart from Fox in such a short period of time. Like Carlson and Tantaros, we’ll miss Greta and wish her luck in her future endeavors.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]