Shine, who had been with Fox News since its inception, will leave after helping the media company through a
transition over the next couple of months, a memo sent to employees Monday by network executive chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed.
Shine’s resignation comes after reports that Fox News paid out $13 million to settle sexual harassment claims brought against its former host Bill O’Reilly from five women. O’Reilly was essentially fired from the network in April.
Shine, who was Ailes’ right-hand man for two decades, was never accused of harassment himself. However, he was named in several lawsuits as one of the Fox News executives that enabled both Ailes and O’Reilly’s behavior, then ignored, dismissed and suppressed concerns from the women who complained.
A recent lawsuit filed against the company last month by Fox News commentator Julie Roginsky, alleges that Shine “aided and abetted Ailes' acts of retaliation and harassment,” according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Politico.
Pressure mounted on the network, as advertisers pulled their spots from The O’Reilly Factor amid the accusations. Both Ailes and O’Reilly have denied the allegations against them.
A press release from 21st Century Fox states Shine will be replaced by Suzanne Scott, who will take over some of Shine’s duties as the new president of programming, while Jay Wallace will become the president of news. Jack Abernethy will remain president of the network, according to the press release.