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James Murdoch Quits News Corp Board And Everyone Cracks The Same Jokes

"James Murdoch giving us the gap season of Succession we didn't ask for," one Twitter user responded to the news.

The jokes about the HBO show “Succession” flowed on social media following James Murdoch’s resignation from the board of News Corp. on Friday.

The son of media titan Rupert Murdoch cited “disagreements over certain editorial content” published by News Corp.’s news outlets as one reason for quitting.

News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal in the U.S. and The Sun and The Times in the United Kingdom.

In January, Murdoch and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, called out the “ongoing denial” of the climate crisis by the company’s outlets.

Murdoch’s resignation was interpreted by many on Twitter as the latest installment in his own family’s drama.

They drew comparisons with the HBO drama about an aging media mogul who refuses to name a successor, which was perhaps inevitable seeing how its writers have acknowledged it takes inspiration from the lives of several media mogul dynasties, such as the Murdochs.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated incorrectly that News Corp. owns Fox News. It doesn’t: Fox Corp., the successor company to one that split off from News Corp. in 2013, owns Fox News.

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