Fox News host Sean Hannity said on Thursday that if a new report about his network is true, then it’s the “end” of Fox News “as we know it.”
“Gabe, i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that's the total end of the FNC as we know it,” Hannity tweeted. “Done.”
Hannity was responding to reporting by New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman indicating that Fox News co-President Bill Shine asked Rupert Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, to issue a statement of support, but they refused.
Here are more details from the report:
But privately, Shine is expressing concern about his future at the network. According to three sources briefed on the conversations, Shine has told friends he recently asked Rupert’s sons James and Lachlan — the CEO and co-chairman, respectively, of network parent company 21st Century Fox — to release a statement in support of him, but they refused to do so. The sources said Shine made the request because of withering press coverage of Fox News in recent weeks. A source added that Shine has privately complained that Rupert “isn’t fighting for him” in the press, which is why he wanted explicit support from the sons.
Shine, through a Fox News spokesman, reportedly denied personally going to the Murdochs for a statement. Further, a Murdoch spokesperson denied the report as well.
Hannity later added even more mystery by tweeting that someone “high up” at Fox News is “trying to get an innocent person fired.”
He also publicly expressed support for Bill Shine.
Fox News is still feeling the aftershocks of the departure of Bill O’Reilly, a staple of the network for 21 years, who was ousted amid sexual harassment allegations. Fox News personality Jesse Watters also announced he was going on vacation days after he came under fire for what was perceived as a sexually charged joke about Ivanka Trump on the air.
Amid the turmoil, the report about Shine is now stirring speculation that a management shake-up could be looming at Fox News.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include denials from Shine and the Murdochs.