After 14 years with Fox News Channel, veteran anchor Greta Van Susteren will leave the network.
The announcement came abruptly Tuesday morning in a joint statement issued by network co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine. Brit Hume was concurrently announced as Van Susteren’s successor as anchor of “On the Record.”
“We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success,” said Abernethy and Shine in a statement.
Fox News gave no reason for Van Susteren’s departure.
Just before noon Tuesday, Van Susteren commented, via her Facebook page, saying:
“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.”
“I hope to continue my career in broadcasting,” Van Susteren concluded.
Her full statement is below:
From my Facebook page pic.twitter.com/9kZdRVjViZ
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) September 6, 2016
Hume, who also serves as Fox’s senior political analyst, will start anchoring “On the Record” tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
The news adds to a busy Tuesday morning after Labor Day for 21st Century Fox, who already announced a $20 million settlement with former anchor Gretchen Carlson over allegations of sexual harassment by former Fox chief Roger Ailes.
Fox’s statement on the transition is below:
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 6, 2016
This story will be updated as news continues to break.