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Shine was appointed co-president with Jack Abernethy, who remains in place, at the time of Ailes departure.

Suzanne Scott, who had been executive vice president of programming at FNC, was promoted to president of programming at the network. (Murdoch is Fox News' executive chairman.) Abernethy has also been accused in lawsuits and complaints against Fox News of intimidating or harassing employees.

He offered some variation of that response several times as he made hi " s way through The Hollywood Reporter's annual media party on New York's Upper East Side, where he was approached by several reporters itching for some clue on the suddenly uncertain future of Fox's biggest star, Bill O'Reilly. On Monday, a Fox News contributor said in a lawsuit that she was taken off the air after writing an article about a medical condition that would likely leave her infertile.

Some at Fox believed Shine gave the network stability and continuity as it was buffeted by the Ailes and O'Reilly episodes.

In the email (which was followed up by a longer statement), Murdoch wrote that "Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today".

And questions are unlikely to die down. Fox has denied the claims.

Shine, who had been with Fox since its inception in 1996, was a right-hand man to former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. He's the latest casualty in a sexual harassment scandal that has shaken the nation's top-rated cable news network.

Roger Ailes in 2012.

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Fox has been under fire as charges of misconduct with the organization mounted against Ailes. Fox News had responded to the crisis with an alacrity that suggested the gravity of the situation: O'Reilly was not allowed to bid farewell to his audience; the outside law firm that investigated the Ailes imbroglio, Paul, Weiss, was again enlisted. I think we all know what that means.

FOLKENFLIK: At the time, Shine was Fox's senior vice president for programming.

FOLKENFLIK: Shine's answer was obviously yes. He also reportedly asked Murdoch's sons Lachlan and James to issue statements in support of him, a request the brothers refused.

Shine will leave the company after helping the transition over the next few weeks, announced Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA).

Nancy Erika Smith tells NPR that Bill Shine was part and parcel of the problem.

In late March, before the NYT expose, knowing full well that O'Reilly was a serial sexual abuser, Fox had signed him for a new four-year contract, reported by CNN at $25 million a year. Following this, Fox News started "Hannity" with the popular host. She was also involved in monitoring former Fox booker Laurie Luhn while Ailes allegedly carried on a psychologically and sexually abusive relationship with Luhn (Scott denies knowing about it). "The Fox that we have known for 20 years is over". Last summer, voters across the USA were glued to the news as an increasingly caustic election season played out between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Lisa Bloom was Walsh's lawyer.

"Her role was to enforce Ailes' strict miniskirt dress code", Sherman told me.

"Fox News Specialists", co-hosted by Eric Bolling, Kat Timpf and Eboni K. Williams, is scheduled to replace "The Five" at 5 p.m. ET, and "The Story", a rebranded version of Martha MacCallum's show "The First 100 Days", is set to debut at 7 p.m. By month's end, Shine's name would come up in at least four different lawsuits, though he was listed as a defendant in only one, and has not ever been accused of sexual harassment.