Fox News paid former executive 8 million dollars for silence

Former Fox News executive Brian Lewis has reportedly been paid $8 million to keep quiet about the inner workings of the secretive news organization.

Back in July, Lewis was fired after having a falling out with Fox News’ chairman Roger Ailes. Lewis was responsible for heading the network’s communications and public relations team, and was widely considered to be Ailes’ right-hand man.

Last week, the New York Times reported Fox had reached a settlement agreement with Lewis, but had difficulty confirming the arrangement with anyone on the record. Gawker reported that a Fox News executive “with knowledge of the negotiations” told the publication that Lewis agreed to stay silent for $8 million.