FOX News makes news: Brian Lewis, a veteran Fox News Channel executive considered the right-hand man to Roger Ailes, was fired and escorted from his office last month over what insiders are calling financial issues and other performance problems.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that. "After an extensive internal investigation of Brian Lewis' conduct by Fox News, it was determined that he should be terminated for cause, specifically for issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract," a company spokesperson said Tuesday.
Lewis was FNC's executive VP of corporate communications, managing media relations and communications for FNC, FBN, Fox TV stations and Twentieth Television. He was also a close confidant of Ailes, having worked with him at America's Talking before joining him to help launch Fox News in 1996.
Among media reporters who cover the Fox News Channel, Lewis --" who rarely spoke to the press -- was known as the "puppet master" for maintaining a list of journalists that he and his cohorts considered enemies of the right-leaning network." Getting on that blacklist is typically an honor reserved for those who dare criticize the channel -- fairly or not -- or the TV personalities who appear on it.