Fox News is pushing back at a report in Politico Friday morning that said the network ended a decade-long relationship with Bill Kristol as a contributor, in part, because of an incident in which Kristol and Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes had a disagreement.
The network rebuffed the incident, which Politico's Dylan Byers reported came in the summer of 2011 and involved Ailes asking Kristol to "take a negative stance toward a certain individual."
Byers reported, citing sources, that the incident "may have been a factor" — he also wrote that another factor that "may have played a role" was the network's courting of fellow conservative commentator George Will in October.
"Roger doesn't recall a specific or negative incident — he likes Bill and doesn't have an issue with him," a Fox News spokesperson told Business Insider in response.
"We made a lot of changes at the network and had been talking to George Will for some time. At this point, Bill's contract ran out and we declined to renew it."