A courier arrived at Van Susteren's Washington, D.C. home at 9 a.m. Tuesday, hand-delivering two letters that said that Van Susteren "was being taken off the air" immediately, according to her husband, John Coale, who is a high-profile Washington lawyer.
Van Susteren was already planning to leave, but she thought she would be hosting her 7 p.m. program "On the Record" for a few more weeks.
Yanking her off the air without a chance to say goodbye was "a bit immature," Coale remarked.
It was also a message from Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch, the patriarch of Fox's parent company 21st Century Fox, disliked her recent attempt to renegotiate her contract, and the unusual courier visit was a result of that, said one of the sources interviewed for this story.
The messy breakup is the latest sign of tension -- "chaos," according to Coale -- behind the scenes at Fox News.
Apparently Greta's attempt to renegotiate her contract pissed Murdoch off. Big time.
The network announced her departure less than an hour after the courier arrived. Van Susteren was not quoted in the press release.
Fox then deleted the "On the Record" web site, Van Susteren's biography, and her pioneering Gretawire blog -- essentially erasing her from FoxNews.com.
Van Susteren then went on Facebook to try and spin the story:
Last Thursday night, I made my decision and informed Fox News of my decision at that time that I was leaving Fox News Channel per my contract.
Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait.
Yeah, that's all bullshit.