Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly announced Thursday that he will step down from his position at the end of June.
"[Fox Networks Group CEO] Peter [Rice] and I have been discussing this transition for a while, and now with a robust new slate of programming for next season and strength in the [Fox Broadcasting Company] ranks, it felt like the timing was as right as it could be," Reilly said in a statement released by the network.
Reilly joined Fox in 2007 and was promoted to Chairman of Entertainment in 2012. He helped launch such shows as Glee, New Girl, and Fox's latest hit, Sleepy Hollow. He previously worked for NBC and FX, and will be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in October.
During a conference call ahead of Fox's Upfront presentation earlier this month, Reilly acknowledged that the 2013-2014 TV season was "a tough one" for the network, which ended the season in fourth place in overall viewers (an average of 7.5 million per night) and second in adults 18-49. Reilly also made headlines at the start of this year by eschewing the traditional pilot season in favor of year-round programming.
Here's some what he said in his resignation letter, which you can read in full at The Wrap:
[We all know the daily feeding of the network beast and early morning ritual of waking to an overnight report card does breed a certain type of mania. My first boss, Brandon Tartikoff, described presiding over a broadcast network as “the worst best job in the world.” I remember coming up in the business and seeing how the grind turned some executives into grizzled cynics. And I vowed to never become that guy. ... Staying fresh and looking forward is part of why I feel the timing is right for me to turn the page now.
As you, my colleagues, know all too well, I am rarely satisfied. But I hope you all also know that I am very proud of what we have accomplished together and of the exceptional entertainment we have helped bring to fruition. ... And I think some of the best is yet to come next season. It's been a satisfying blast.
Fox has not yet named a replacement for Reilly.