Hannity Has Dinner With His Staff, Revealed
His Future At Fox News. Sean Hannity had a message for the roughly
30 staff members he treated to pizza Tuesday night: I’m not negotiating an exit. As speculation swirled about Hannity’s future
at Fox News in the wake of the resignation of his longtime friend and former producer
Bill Shine, who was named a co-president of Fox News last summer with the departure of
longtime network chief Roger Ailes, Hannity decided to treat his staff to a thank-you
party. Staff-wide meetings for Hannity are unusual
and one person close to his show expressed surprise because “Hannity doesn’t do meetings.” But at the meeting held Tuesday afternoon,
the anchor told his staff that he’s not negotiating an exit despite reports, according
to a person present at the meeting. He thanked his staff for what they do and told them he’s
“always available” to answer questions. “And don’t believe the destroy-Trump media,”
the person said he added. According to multiple sources, Hannity has
a “key man clause” in his contract that gives him the option of leaving Fox News at
any time after the departure of Ailes; he only needs to give 60 days notice before he
can leave the network. Shine resigned on Monday as the network faces
a number of sexual harassment and racial discrimination suits. (Shine is named in some of the lawsuits
as someone who was aware of sexual harassment but did not act; he denies wrongdoing.) His
resignation follows the ousting of primetime anchor Bill O’Reilly last month and Ailes
last year as they faced sexual harassment allegations. Star anchors Megyn Kelly and
Greta Van Susteren also left the network in the past year and the network’s primetime
line up has been completely reworked. Though Hannity declared last week that Shine
leaving the network would be “the total end of the [Fox News Channel] as we know it,”
he indicated in a Monday tweet that he was not yet negotiating an exit. Hannity teasingly addressed media reporters
who were watching his show on Monday night, saying “I may or may not have a thing or
two to say before the show is over just for you. Please stay tuned.” But in the end he did not address Shine’s
departure at all, saying only, “All the lies you’ve heard about me, they’re not

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