Fox News co-President Bill Shine has stepped down and will leave the right-wing network within a few weeks, becoming the latest executive to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment at the cable channel.
Shine, who had been with the cable channel since its inception in 1996, was promoted to co-president last summer after former chief Roger Ailes resigned amid a sexual misconduct scandal.
The decision comes less than two weeks after host Bill O’Reilly was forced out when reports about his alleged sexual harassment was made public.
The Daily Caller reports:
Fox News issued a few press releases on Monday.
“Bill Shine, Co-President of FOX News Channel (FNC) since August 2016, has resigned and will leave the company after helping the transition over the next few weeks, announced Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox. Shine has been with FOX News since its inception over 20 years ago.”
Shine’s reported exit at the network attracted attention when host Sean Hannity tweeted about it last week saying it is the “total end of the FNC as we know it. Done” with the hashtag #IStandWithShine.
Though Shine was not accused of any harassing behavior, he’s been accused him of covering up for others, and was named in at least four lawsuits of alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination.
Shine’s replacement is Suzanne Scott, a longtime deputy.