Fox News bombshell: Roger Ailes to be removed as chief, report says

Ailes' reported ouster comes on the heels of a high-profile sexual harassment lawsuit

By Michael Garofalo
July 18, 2016 9:27PM (UTC)
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Fox News CEO Roger Ailes will soon be referred to as former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, according to a new report from New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman.

Sherman reports that Ailes' bosses — Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James — have decided to remove Ailes after reviewing the initial findings of a sexual harassment investigation of the network chief conducted by a New York law firm. 

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This news comes less than two weeks after longtime Fox News host Gretchen Carlson brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes alleging, among other things, that Ailes had fired her for refusing to have sex with him.

According to Sherman, the specifics of Ailes' departure are still murky, but it is clear that his ouster is imminent:

After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go

The 76-year-old Ailes has helmed Fox News since the network's 1996 launch.


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