Brian Lewis, who spent the last 17 years as the chief spokesperson for Fox News, is himself speaking out about his firing from the network. Though, in classic PR style, just barely.
Lewis, who joined Fox News in April 1996, six months before the network launched, was let go July 25 for, “issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract,” according to 21st Century Fox spokesperson. (It was Lewis who used to do the talking for Fox News and other 21CF entities).
“There has been rampant speculation surrounding my departure from Fox that I am not addressing at this time,” Lewis tells TVNewser. “I will say it has been an honor and privilege to work for Roger Ailes the past 20 years and I wish nothing but the best for him and the great people at Fox News.”
We asked Lewis what was behind his departure, what the “financial irregularities” were, and how he thinks the story of his dismissal leaked out, nearly a month after it occurred. The longtime flack could not, for legal reasons he says, talk about it. We also asked about all the reporting and speculation over the last 24 hours since the story broke.
“Some stories are ludicrous, but there is one story that is particularly ludicrous.” Without saying as much, he’s referring to Gabe Sherman’s New York Magazine take on what it all means. Sherman’s book on Ailes and Fox News, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” is slated to be released in January.
The final line of Sherman’s piece — “Lewis’s departure means Ailes is more isolated than ever before” — got many Fox Newsers Tweeting today defending their boss.
A former Fox may be on the prowl, but he’s not far from the pack.