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.
From my Facebook page pic.twitter.com/9kZdRVjViZ
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) September 6, 2016
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.