The anchor explains her decision to leave the network after 14 years
Fox News has been embroiled in controversy over the last few months due to the overwhelming number of harrassment complaints from female employees against the network’s former boss Roger Ailes. Now, with a lawsuit being settled with former anchor Gretchen Carlson, comes news that another prominent voice on the network is also leaving: Greta Van Susteren has confirmed her exit.
On Tuesday, Van Susteren took to Facebook to speak out on her decision to depart Fox after 14 years. “Yes, I have left the Fox News Channel. On Thursday night, I made my decision and informed Fox News of my decision that I was leaving Fox News Channel per my contract. Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait. I love my staff, I love my colleagues, and I love the crews. That is the hardest part of this decision as they are wonderful people. And most of all? I love the viewers — even the ones who have gotten mad at me over the years and taken swipes. I hope to continue my career in broadcasting.”
Van Susteren, a former criminal defense attorney, began her television career as legal analyst on CNN and gained notoriety during the O.J. Simpson trial. Since 2002, she has been the host of Fox News’ On The Record.
In a statement announcing veteran political analyst Brit Hume as the new anchor for On The Record, the network’s co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine said of Van Susteren, “We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success.”