Ailes Fired

Report: Roger Ailes' Fox News Status Murky Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

UPDATE: Despite initial reports that Fox News chief Roger Ailes had been fired from the network, an official statement insists that no such actions have been taken.

“Roger is at work,” reads the statement. “The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”

Our original story is as follows:

In the wake of reports that Megyn Kelly told 21st Century Fox’s independent investigators that Roger Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she was a young correspondent, the Fox News chief has parted ways with the network, per The Daily Beast.

After former Fox and Friends and The Real Story anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her ex-boss earlier this month — she alleges that she was axed because she would not have intercourse with the exec — a number of Fox News personalities, among them Greta Van Susteren and Maria Bartiromo, spoke out on Ailes’ behalf. Perhaps tellingly — especially now — the Kelly File host was not among his defenders.

Once a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Ailes became the founding CEO of Fox News 20 years ago this October. He was additionally named chairman of Fox Television Stations Group in 2005.

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17 Comments
  1. Et al. says:

    This is interesting. What does he do now? Usually when a right wing monster becomes disgraced Fox News scoops them up as a correspondent.

    • dan says:

      He reportedly will receive a $40million buyout (payoff?) on his way out the door. He can do just about anything he wants. The writing was on the wall before it became public knowledge that Kelly had told investigators that he harassed her many years ago. Apparently they were ready to fire him based on Gretchen’s story which was investigated independently and found to be based on fact.

  2. Preacher Book says:

    Probably should have said something about the Dump’s insulting behavior towards Kelly when he had the chance.

  3. Charly says:

    PC can get rid of anyone in the way except a democrat like HILLARY OR BILL etc!

    • Preacher Book says:

      So you’re endorsing trading sex for a career? Interesting.

      • Charly says:

        No I’m wondering aloud why Bill and Hillary haven’t been kicked out of “business” for sexual harassment ? After all they are trying to get back in the WH right pretty important!

  4. Charly says:

    He reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock!

  5. Moria says:

    More like he thought he was above his new bosses & told them he wasn’t going to listen or respect them ever. They were just waiting for any excuse to get rid of him. What do we say now that “bye Felicia” is over?

  6. Alec says:

    White. Male. Rich.

  7. Om. says:

    Wow. Who knew Alfred Hitchcock was a perv who ran a brain-dead joke of a network masquerading as a news service!

  8. Pedro Cervesa says:

    Finally the World finds out what a sleeze-bag you really are! I am glad you were exposed. I hope you tried and found guilty. Maybe they will park your Arss right next to Cosby, Clinton(s)
    Barack, and Lynch? Fun,Fun, Fun, your own theasarus of Crime. All deserving. you ugly piece of cow crap!.

    • Mary says:

      Wow your remark is not coherent whatsoever. I don’t recall Barack or Lynch being accused of sexual harassment or did I miss something. Name calling shows your lack of intelligence.

  9. peterwdawson says:

    Considering how high profile Megyn Kelly is right now that could easily have been what did it. Women who no longer work there cry foul? Still possible of course, but kinda murky. A top active woman says something? Yeah now you’ve probably got something.

    • Mary says:

      Could be but if that happened why is she still there and didn’t report it. I cannot comprehend how anyone would work in an environment like that. I guess getting further in her career was more important than her self esteem.

      • peterwdawson says:

        Well yeah, that’s usually how it goes. NewsCorp is one of the biggest companies out there, burning bridges with Fox, legit or not, would mean all of that media empire is now closed off to you. You gotta weigh that against exactly what happened and how intolerable it is. She hasn’t called it ongoing so if it stopped, well, could be she’s got good now.

  10. Denise Heid says:

    Sisterhood is powerful! So happy to hear other Fox women got behind Gretchen.