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Kevin Reilly on Why He's Leaving Fox and What's Next for Both Him and the Network

6/17/2014

By Tony Maglio
TheWrap

Shortly after Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly announced his pending departure from the network, TheWrap spoke with the TV executive on the phone about what's next for him and the network he's leaving behind.

Here is our Q&A:

Was this your choice? Were you ousted?
Yeah, let's stir up some shit right now. No, I mean I'm actually very — as I talk to you from my office, by the way, and I'll be here for another month — very happy. You know, a lot of times in these transitions there is bad blood or tension or politics. I'm very, very happy to be saying that this is just not part of this experience. I've been through that in my career; that is not the case this time. It has never been part of my experience at Fox, the two tours that I've done here.

So, for me it's really about having done this broadcast job for 11 years now between NBC and this, I started looking at the broader landscape. I love broadcast, this was not necessarily … the last stop on my career. I found interesting things out there that started the wheels turning, some more conventional than others, but I think the business is morphing in many, many ways and it's going to continue to so I got excited about some of those opportunities.

I don't think you want to be in a position where you're leading a large organization and thinking about other opportunities, so now I'm very free to explore those and I feel quite excited about that.

Do you have something lined up? The way you're talking it sounds like you're excited about digital stuff.
I like that business, truthfully there's no announcement forthcoming from me. I'm not leaving the business, I'm not planning on taking a few years off. I imagine we'd be talking somewhere in the near future but I don't have anything specifically lined up right now. There's just a number of things intriguing to me.

You made such a bold declaration at TCA about the pilot season … obviously it really means something to you. How far back did you know you were leaving and does this have anything to do with your mission to change pilot season?
No. I hope that was the beginning or the catalyst for change.

More to come …

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