Greta Van Susteren, one of the top anchors on Fox News for the past decade, is leaving the cable news channel, effective immediately.
The stunning announcement was made by Fox News on Tuesday morning.
Van Susteren has been the host of the 7 p.m. hour, called “On the Record.”
In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Van Susteren said:
“We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success,” Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy said in a statement.
Former 6 p.m. host Brit Hume will take over the time slot temporarily.
“I am happy to take on this assignment for the balance of this extraordinary election,” Hume said in the statement
Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reported that Van Susteren had asked to renegotiate her contract after Fox News chief Roer Ailes left his position in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. According to Kurtz, Van Susteren had in her contract a “key man” clause that allowed her to leave if Ailes did, and when negotiations failed, she chose to activate that clause.