Big news from Fox News: “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren is leaving the network, and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson has settled her sexual harassment suit against the show’s parent company for a reported $20 million.
Van Susteren, who once defended former Fox executive Roger Ailes against harassment charges, said on Facebook: “Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now.”
Meanwhile, Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine announced it settled a lawsuit by Carlson, as well as issued an apology.
On social media, Carlson wrote: I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace.”
On Tuesday, USA Today reported that Van Susteren’s exit has “nothing to do with the settlement.”
Ailes resigned from Fox News in July, two weeks after Carlson took legal action.
Van Susteren, who came to Fox after a longtime stint at CNN, where she hosted her own show and gained fame for her analysis of the O.J. Simpson trial, is being replaced by Fox political analyst and news vetaran Brit Hume.
Among the news luminaries offering congrats to Van Susteren on social media were Larry King, Anderson Cooper and Nicholas Kristof.
Zayn Malik says he’s sorry, but he cannot go on with a concert slated for Oct. 7 in Dubai.
“Dear fans, I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances. I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward,” he announced through the agent that will have to refund ticket holders.
Meanwhile, the former One Direction singer is working on a scripted show for NBC about a rise of a successful, One Direction-like boy band, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Called “Boys,” the show is being executive produced by Dick Wolf (“Law & Order,” “Chicago Fire}) and his wife, Noelle. The writers are Sherri Cooper Landsman and Jennifer Levin, co-creators of the CW’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
The Bay Area’s beloved Green Day, promoting the upcoming album “Revolution Radio,” plays the UC Theatre in Berkeley on Oct. 20; tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday. … The three-month romance between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston is over, apparently because the pop star thinks the actor is using the relationship for publicity.
S.F. Giant Gorkys Hernández is 29. … Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 29. … Comedian Leslie Jones is 49. … Singer-pianist Michael Feinstein is 60. … Actress Julie Kavner is 65. … Singer Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is 65…. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 73. … Saxophonist Sonny Rollins is 86.
— Staff, wire reports