Fox Chief Roger Ailes’ ‘Right-Hand Man’ Reportedly Fired and Escorted From Building
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News’ executive VP of corporate communications Brian Lewis was recently fired and escorted from the building after raising concerns over “unspecified financial issues.”
The Fox News exec, who THR reports has long been considered the “right-hand man” to Fox News chief Roger Ailes, is reportedly in the midst of a separation agreement with the network after having been escorted out of the network’s headquarters two weeks ago.
As the EVP of corporate communications, Lewis oversaw public relations for Fox News, Fox Business Network, Fox Television Stations, and Twentieth Television.
From the THR report:
Insiders say that their close relationship made it difficult for Ailes to cut Lewis loose, but the financial issues — details of which were not available Tuesday — coupled with complaints about complacency and other matters, left Ailes feeling as if he had no other choice.
Though the exact nature of the problems swirling around Lewis weren’t known to rank-and-file staffers, witnesses say they amounted to a serious enough breach that it was necessary he be escorted from his office at Fox News headquarters in New York.
Fox News has yet to confirm the news, telling THR they do not comment on matters related to employees. But the network’s parent company Fox 21st Century said this to the Los Angeles Times:
“After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis’ conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.”
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