In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment, including a lawsuit by former host Gretchen Carlson, Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes announced his resignation last week, despite receiving support from some of the network’s biggest on-air personalities.
On Monday, Adweek reported that another major figure has left Fox News: Michael Clemente, former executive vice president of editorial content, has been dismissed.
Clemente, who joined Fox from ABC News in 2009, was replaced as executive vice president by longtime Fox News executive Jay Wallace in April and was transferred to a specials/longform unit.
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Adweek reported that insiders said Clemente’s departure was not related to Ailes’ resignation. However, TheBlaze noted that there were no signs of Clemente’s departure before the allegations against Ailes.
Clemente will not be leaving alone. His No. 2 man in the specials division, Peter Boyer, has also been dropped by the network, Adweek reported. Boyer joined Fox News in 2012 after 18 years at the New Yorker in addition to time at The Daily Beast and Newsweek.
Whether more executives will depart the network in coming weeks is not yet certain, yet the leadership changes already taking place could bode disruptions in content.
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While the company searches for a replacement for Ailes, 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch named himself interim chairman at Fox News.
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