In this Sept. 2011 photo released by 2MK Studio/Fox News, Fox News chairman-CEO Roger Ailes speaks at a 15-year anniversary party held for employees at Chelsea Piers in New York. Propelled by Ailes' "fair and balanced" branding, Fox has targeted viewers who believe the other cable-news networks, and maybe even the media overall, display a liberal tilt from which Fox News delivers them with unvarnished truth. (AP Photo/2MK Studio/Fox News)
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Fox News Channel confirmed that it fired its top communications executive, Brian Lewis, due to "issues relating to financial irregularities."
Lewis was considered "the right hand man" to Fox News founder and chief Roger Ailes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported about Lewis' departure.
In a statement, Fox confirmed that Lewis was "fired for cause" on July 25 after "an extensive internal investigation."
Fox said Lewis was also fired for "multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract."
Lewis couldn't be reached for comment.
Contributing: Associated Press