Although the former BBC presenter rather reservedly said the channel was going in a direction contrary to what he had envisioned, he hinted that the British channel may be more like FOX News than he’d like.
He wrote: “After weeks of talks with GB News, resulting in exit settlement, the channel then broke it by briefing Mail on Sunday with load of smears/lies then unilaterally cancelling exit deal. Leaving me free to do, say whatever I want + never again be on GBNews. Couldn’t be happier.”
After leaving, the plan was that Neil would be a regular contributor to the channel’s programmes. However, as things turned sour, The Spectator chairman’s appearance on Nigel Farage’s show on Monday was pulled.
At the weekend, the Mail on Sunday published details from a leaked internal memo that allegedly shows that Neil would have been sacked from his position as chairman and presenter of GB News before he left.
The memo, allegedly from channel chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos, outlined that the board was ready to “terminate his position”.
After tweeting that he “couldn’t be happier” to sever ties with the channel last night, he reshared a tweet from June where he outlined the “great figures” garnered by the new channel, saying his show had three times the audience of Sky News.
Resharing the tweet late last night, he wrote: “Shows the promise that could have been…”
Shows the promise that could have been … https://t.co/iYdy9BVTXG
Opinion on Twitter was split, with some expressing their dismay that he stepped away from the channel, with one commenter saying “it’s important that GB News is a success” to “fight and win the culture war.”
Others said GB News is “better without” him, and slammed him for “smearing the channel.”
@afneil @GBNEWS Your loss. GB News is better without you & Brazier is superb