Straight from the Source: The Real Reason Greta Van Susteren Left FOX News

The media world received a huge shock on Tuesday morning when it was announced that Greta Van Susteren, host of On the Record on FOX News, was leaving the network after 14 years.

Her top-rated show will now be hosted by semi-retired anchor and FOX News analyst Brit Hume until at least after the presidential election.

Questions have swirled as to why the abrupt announcement by Van Susteren, with the news coming out on the very day that FOX announced it is settling the sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson for $20 million. In addition, Roger Ailes, who Van Susteren defended from the allegations, will reportedly issue an unprecedented apology.

Van Susteren posted what led her to the decision to leave FOX News on both Facebook and Twitter. In short, despite her high ratings and the fact that she loves her staff, she says it has not felt like home for years.

Van Susteren, as with many of the FOX personnel, had a “key man” clause in her contract that allowed her to leave the network if Roger Ailes ever departed. She reportedly tried to renegotiate her contract to no success. Failure to reach an agreement led her to exercise her contractual right to resign effective immediately.


About the Author

Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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