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Fox News exec Michael Clemente is out in first shake-up after Roger Ailes’ resignation

Michael Clemente, executive vice President of Fox News, seen during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington on April 27, 2013.
(Carolyn Kaster / AP)

Fox News made its first move in the executive suite since the departure of its longtime leader Roger Ailes.

Michael Clemente, an executive vice president in charge of long-form programming, was shown the door on Monday, an executive at Fox News parent 21st Century Fox confirmed.

The departure is unrelated to the company’s internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Ailes that were made by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. Ailes stepped down Thursday amid the charges, giving up the reins of the cable news channel to 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Fox News Senior Executive Vice President Bill Shine, part of the team running the operation under Murdoch, is said to have made the call on Clemente, who was demoted in April.

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Clemente was already on a downward trajectory at Fox News. In April, he was moved to his most recent role when longtime Fox News producer and executive Jay Wallace replaced him as head of editorial content.

Clemente came to Fox News in 2009 after 27 years with ABC News.

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