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.