NEW YORK, N.Y. – Four days after the ouster of Roger Ailes as Fox News chief, two more executives at the network have been axed.
But the firing of Michael Clemente and his top deputy, Peter Boyer, were not related to the sexual harassment allegations that forced Ailes out at the network that he started two decades ago, two Fox executives said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss personnel issues.
Clemente was executive vice-president of news at Fox until April, when he was demoted and put in charge of a new division for specials and long form programming. He worked at ABC News before coming to Fox.
Fox says it is reevaluating that division as it concentrates on the election over the next few months.
Ailes resigned Thursday after being sued by a former Fox anchor who alleged she was punished for resisting his sexual advances and complaining about an atmosphere of harassment at Fox. Other women have come forward, and published stories last weekend quoted a woman who said she was victimized by another Fox executive who had since left the network.
Clemente’s name has not been mentioned in any of the reports. It would make the timing of his firing particularly awkward.