More chaos and drama surrounding the sudden exit of FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren who has anchored the top-rated show On the Record for 14-years has been revealed.
Earlier on Tuesday, Van Susteren posted on Facebook and Twitter why she decided to leave the network. She indicated that FOX News had not felt like home for years. She had a “key man clause” in her contract that allowed her to leave the network within a certain timeframe should FOX News CEO Roger Ailes ever leave. Ailes was fired from the network in late July and her time to exercise that option was winding down.
In a phone interview with the New York Times, Van Susteren’s husband John P. Coale, a retired tort attorney, provided further insight as to why his wife made the decision to leave FOX News.
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.
The fact that Van Susteren’s husband alludes to potential litigation is significant considering that fact that 21st Century FOX, the parent company at FOX News, announced Tuesday morning that it was settling the sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit by former anchor Gretchen Carlson to the tune of $20 million. In addition, a similar lawsuit filed by former co-host of The Five, Andrea Tantaros, also looms.
There was no specifics given by Van Susteren or her husband as to what the litigation could entail.
h/t The Right Scoop