Bill Shine is reportedly in talks with the White House about working for President Trump's communications team, according to a report.
Several people briefed on the matter told the New York Times that Shine, the former co-president of Fox News and a loyal colleague of Roger Ailes, and the president's team discussed last week a position in the White House press office, which has been in flux since Trump hired — and subsequently fired — Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
The White House is also considering a behind-the-scenes role for Shine.
During his time at Fox News, Shine worked closely with Ailes, who founded Fox News and was accused of sexually harassing women working for the network. Ailes died in May.
Shine was ousted from Fox News in May after he was accused in lawsuits of condoning Ailes's behavior toward women.
The former Fox News co-president has no political experience, but Shine is close to Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has served as an informal adviser to Trump and is a loyal defender of the president.
Shine, Hannity, Scaramucci, Trump and first lady Melania Trump had dinner at the White House together last week.
Scaramucci worked with Shine when he was a host on Fox News and Fox Business Network.
Shine's closeness to Scaramucci, though, may hurt his chances at a White House job following Scaramucci's removal from his position at the White House on Monday — 10 days after Trump hired him.
In an interview with the New Yorker published last week, Scaramucci suggested he was considering bringing Shine to the White House and predicted former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus would try to leak news of Shine's hiring.
"'Oh, Bill Shine is coming in,'" Scaramucci told the New Yorker, mimicking Priebus. "'Let me leak this fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.'"