Viacom Vice Chair Shari Redstone just returned fire following Lead Independent Director Fredric Salerno’s public letter yesterday saying that her father, controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone, long believed she “should not control Viacom or his other companies.”

“Salerno must have missed the widely reported fact that Sumner named Shari the non-executive Chair of both companies in the irrevocable Sumner M. Redstone National Amusements Trust in 2002,” says a statement released on Shari Redstone’s behalf. “He must have also missed the portion of the February Viacom Board meeting where Shari was offered the Chair position and turned it down.”

Saying she doesn’t want to run Viacom or CBS, she strongly hinted that her father plans to clean house at the Viacom board — following his move to dump CEO Philippe Dauman and director George Abrams from his family trust and the board of National Amusements.

The shareholders who Salerno and other independent directors “purport to represent…want new management ‎at the top and strong Directors with independent oversight on the Board.”

She adds that the group should spend less time worrying about her, and more on “a long term strategy to increase the value for shareholders and to develop a specific long-term plan to turn around the current state of Viacom.”

Salerno said yesterday that independent directors would ask a court in Delaware, where Viacom is incorporated, to block a move by Redstone to oust them. They don’t believe that he’s “acting of his own free will and with the mental competency to do so.”

The Viacom director added that he and his colleagues “see that as our responsibility to the non-control shareholders of Viacom who own 90% of the equity of the company” as well as to Redstone’s legacy, to make sure that their interests are “impartially decided by the courts.”

Viacom says that “Mr. Salerno’s letter is clear and speaks for itself.”

Here’s Shari Redstone’s response:

In his letter yesterday, Fred Salerno said that Sumner Redstone had made the “….judgment for many years that his daughter, Shari, should not control Viacom or his other companies.” Today it was reported that Salerno’s letter said “…Redstone has always made it known that he did not want his daughter in control of the company.”

Salerno must have missed the widely reported fact that Sumner named Shari the non-executive Chair of both companies in the irrevocable Sumner M. Redstone National Amusements Trust in 2002. He must have also missed the portion of the February Viacom Board meeting where Shari was offered the Chair position and turned it down.

Shari has made it abundantly clear that she has no desire to manage Viacom nor Chair its Board and is fully engaged in running and growing her firm, Advancit Capital. What she has also made clear is that what she wants for Viacom is the best management in place, and strong, independent Directors who will properly oversee that management.

The shareholders whom Salerno and the other independent directors purport to represent have already spoken – they want new management ‎at the top and strong Directors with independent oversight on the Board. The Board should spend less time focusing on 1) Shari and 2) how to maintain their own directorships, and more time on a long term strategy to increase the value for shareholders and to develop a specific long-term plan to turn around the current state of Viacom.