Brit Hume addressed the elephant in the room when he took over On the Record on Fox News Tuesday.
“Finally, a word about Greta Van Susteren,” he said of the anchor who hosted the show for 14 years. “As I noted earlier, she has left Fox News, saying today the place just didn’t feel like home anymore. I count Greta a friend, and I’m sorry to see her go.”
Hume added: “All of us here certainly wish her well. She made a big contribution and we will miss her. In the meantime, I’ll try to carry on in the hopes her audience will stick with us. Don’t worry — I’ll only be here through the election.”
The acknowledgement of Van Susteren’s departure came hours after she took to Facebook to address Tuesday morning’s news that she and the cable news network were severing ties.
“Yes, I have left the Fox News Channel,” she wrote. “Last Thursday night, I made my decision and informed Fox News of my decision at that time 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.”
She continued: “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.”
Also on Tuesday, parent company 21st Century Fox issued an apology to former anchor Gretchen Carlson and announced a settlement had been reached in her sexual harassment suit. The settlement comes two months after Carlson accused Fox News founder and former chairman Roger Ailes of harassing her. Vanity Fair broke the news, reporting Carlson received a $20 million settlement. According to CNN, a “handful” of other women who also came forward received “substantially smaller” settlements.