Saturday, June 15, 2024

Fox News Badly Scuffed as Bill Shine, Longtime Roger Ailes Ally, Exits– More to Come?


Bill Shine is out at Fox News. In his place: a woman. Suzanne Scott moves up at the conservative network as Shine is forced to leave in the wake of the sex harassment scandals that took out Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes as villains, and Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, among others, as surviving victims.

Is there more to come? New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman suggests that in house counsel Dianne Brandi is next. She carried out Shine’s and Ailes’s orders. And what about John Moody, forever the Inside Man. When I was at Fox News, Ailes’s bad news was delivered via Moody.

Shine was forever head of talent at Fox News. He hired and fired and assigned. Without him, as Sean Hannity warned in that ominous Tweet last week to Sherman, what is the future of Fox News? He knows where every body is buried. And believe me, it’s worse –figuratively– than Romania after Ceausescu at 1211 Sixth Avenue.

 Meantime, Rupert Murdoch’s memo about Shine’s exit is a classic Kremlin adios. Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry? I wish I could be there to see the Murdoch boys withholding Rupert’s liver pills.
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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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