Sean Hannity trolled the media Monday night amid rumors he was negotiating an exit from Fox News.
Hannity had teased that he would address speculation he wanted out from his contract after Bill Shine was apparently ousted as co-president of Fox News after 20 years at the network. Hannity and Shine are longtime friends; Shine was even an executive producer on Sean’s program years ago.
In his tweet, Hannity linked to an IJR story where a source emphatically denied that he’s leaving: “This is completely untrue.”
The speculation mounted because Hannity reportedly has a “key man clause” in his contract that allows him to break the contract if a “key man” (in this case, Bill Shine) leaves the network.
According to 3 Fox sources, Hannity has a "key man clause" in his contract that would allow him to quit anytime. He's v. loyal to Shine.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) May 1, 2017
Hannity’s contract expires in 2020, and so far, it does not appear that he’s planning to leave anytime soon. Numerous press reports, citing anonymous sources, had claimed that Hannity could leave Fox News as early as Friday, May 5.
At the end of his program Monday night, Hannity simply said: “By the way, a special thank-you to all our ‘friends’ in the media that were tuning in tonight, maybe for the first time. All the lies you’ve heard about me are not true.”
Last week, Hannity said if Shine was ousted, that would be the “total end of FNC as we know it.” He has repeatedly said he is being targeted in a malicious campaign to destroy Fox News.
Unfortunately, some of the pieces are falling into place after Bill O’Reilly was fired last month, and former CEO Roger Ailes was booted in July 2016. And now, Bill Shine is gone.
Last week, a blogger named Debbie Schlussel accused Hannity of sexual harassment, but then immediately walked back her claims after he threatened to sue her for defamation.
In a stunning twist, former FNC contributor Tamara Holder (who got a $2.7 million settlement after a Fox News Latino executive sexually assaulted her) defended Hannity.
It’s unclear where all this is going, but many observers feel there is a widespread leftist plot to dismantle Fox News because it is the only major conservative news network on cable TV. FNC’s ratings dwarf that of its liberal rivals CNN and MSNBC.
With Sean Hannity remaining as the last of the “old guard” that made the Fox the No. 1 cable news network in the world, its enemies now have their sights set on taking him out. But Hannity defiantly vowed to annihilate them with his lethal army of attorneys. “Get ready,” he warned.
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