Brit Hume’s Wife Out as Fox D.C. Bureau Chief
NY Post gossip columnists George Rush and Joanna Molloy report that on-the-job marital squabbling between Brit and Kim Hume have led to the latter’s leaving the Fox News Channel.
Marital sniping may have led to the departure of Brit Hume’s wife, Kim, from Fox News last week. Kim Hume’s imminent exit as Fox’s D.C. bureau chief was announced Thursday. The buzz out of Washington is that she and the anchorman had been tattletaling on each other to the chairman and CEO of Fox Television Stations. “They’d been calling Roger [Ailes] in New York separately,” reports our source. “They’d complain to him about each other.”
A Fox spokeswoman denied that either Hume has bothered Ailes. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. But another source told us that the couple, who together weathered the suicide of Brit Hume’s son, Sandy, in 1998, often argued in front of staffers. “Brit’s not the easiest guy to get along with,” said the source. “You disagree with him, and it’s an argument. It’s his way or the highway. [Kim] is a tough cookie, but he speaks down to her in front of other people.”
There are indications Kim Hume stepped down on her own. She told U.S. News & World Report columnist Paul Bedard that Brit supported her feeling that she was “done.” “He gets husband points galore,” she said.
I have no idea what sort of relationship the Humes have but would find it quite odd if they were unable to maintain professionalism in the workplace. Still, it’s probably not a great idea for a husband and wife to work together, let alone in a high stress environment.