After this week’s abrupt resignation of Bill Shine, Fox News’ chief and Sean Hannity’s longtime producer, there was much speculation over Hannity’s plans.
Last week he posted a cryptic tweet regarding the rumors of Shine’s departure first arose:
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
And yes, it appears it WAS true.
So does that mean Hannity is following him out the door in solidarity? After all, there are rumors of a new conservative news network being developed.
Well, for now, the answer is no.
Apparently yesterday, Hannity called a meeting with his staff to say, no, he is not negotiating an exit.
Per Politico, As speculation swirled about Hannity’s future at Fox News in the wake of the resignation of his longtime friend and former producer Bill Shine, who was named a co-president of Fox News last summer with the departure of longtime network chief Roger Ailes, Hannity decided to treat his staff to a thank-you party.
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) May 2, 2017
Staff-wide meetings for Hannity are unusual and one person close to his show expressed surprise because “Hannity doesn’t do meetings.”
But at the meeting held Tuesday afternoon, the anchor told his staff that he’s not negotiating an exit despite reports, according to a person present at the meeting. He thanked his staff for what they do and told them he’s “always available” to answer questions.
“And don’t believe the destroy-Trump media,” the person said he added.
According to multiple sources, Hannity has a “key man clause” in his contract that gives him the option of leaving Fox News at any time after the departure of Ailes; he only needs to give 60 days notice before he can leave the network.
So for now at least, he’s staying. But as we’ve all come to learn in life, nothing ever stays the same.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]