As TVNewser first reported yesterday, Fox News sent a letter to John Ferriter, agent of weekend anchor Kiran Chetry, blasting the pair’s contract demands and severing relations with his client. Fox and Chetry were in the middle of contract renegotiations.
Fox News legal VP Dianne Brandi writes:
You have treated Fox News with such arrogant disregard that we do not desire to do any further business with you. You refused to enter into good faith negotiations despite your client’s statements that she wanted to remain at Fox News and was happy with the renumeration we had offered. You and your client’s unprofessional demand that we include a clause in her new agreement which would have been detrimental to other Fox News talent is simply not the way we conduct business.
What was the demand? A TVNewser source speculates it could’ve had something to do with Chris Knowles, Chetry’s husband and Fox News weatherman. (Nah, it won’t be too awkward for Knowles in the office or anything. Not at all.)
The letter also stated that Chetry was “free to leave” before her contract expires on March 6.
Well, guess who showed up on CNN this morning filling in for Soledad O’Brien. Kiran Chetry.
No official hiring announcement has been made from CNN.
UPDATE: It’s official.