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BREAKING – DEVELOPING: Greta Van Susteren Out at FOX News Channel as of Today… UPDATED

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More shake-ups at FOX News Channel…

WOW! Just WOW!!! This came out of nowhere

Greta Van Susteren will depart Fox News after 14 years with the network, Fox News announced Tuesday morning. Brit Hume will take over as the new host of “On the Record.”

“We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success,” Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine said in a statement.

Abernethy and Shine added: “As one of the best political analysts in the industry, Brit is the ideal choice to host a nightly political program while the most dynamic and captivating election in recent history unfolds. Having Brit at the helm of this show will enable FOX News to continue on track to have its highest-rated year ever as the network dominates the cable news landscape.”

Hume said in a statement that he was “happy to take on” his new assignment during this “extraordinary election.”

“My Fox News colleagues have set a high standard for political coverage which I’ll do my best to uphold,” he said. “I’m honored to be asked.”

No word on exactly why this has come about, and seemingly so abruptly, but it also comes on the heels of this BREAKING News:

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Fox Settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20 Million—and Is Expected to Offer an Unprecedented Apology

Oh my: Fox to give Carlson $20 million and an apology to settle sexual harassment suit

UPDATE: Greta is exercising her “key man” clause in her contract:

According to a source familiar with the process, Van Susteren asked to renegotiate her contract after Roger Ailes resigned under pressure as Fox News chairman following a sexual harassment lawsuit. Van Susteren is one of a number of key Fox personnel whose contract included a “key man” clause allowing her to leave if Ailes departed.

When those negotiations deadlocked, Van Susteren chose to invoke the departure option, the sources said. Her last show was Friday, and the swiftness of events did not allow her to deliver an on-air farewell.

Hume, who spends part of the year in Florida, is not interested in taking over the Washington-based show permanently. The sudden vacancy could set off a competition to fill the 7 p.m. ET slot.

This would be among the first major programming decisions made by Rupert Murdoch since the network’s owner stepped in as acting CEO of Fox News after Ailes’ resignation.

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