Drudge: Roger Ailes reaches deal with Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations

Ailes and the network reached a $40-plus million separation agreement on Tuesday, says Matt Drudge on Twitter

Published July 19, 2016 9:08PM (EDT)

 (AP/Reed Saxon)
(AP/Reed Saxon)

Proprietor of the conservative news aggregator that bears his name, Matt Drudge confirmed on Tuesday in a since-deleted tweet that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes would be stepping down this week.

Ailes has had to battle sexual harassment allegations from several female Fox News anchors after former-"Fox & Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson first filed a suit in early July claiming he "retaliated against her and derailed her career" after she rejected his advances.

"Kelly File" host Megyn Kelly apparently has added to the allegations, revealing she too fielded Ailes' unwanted advances when she was a legal analyst at the network in the mid-2000s, according to New York magazine, which cited anonymous sources.

On Tuesday afternoon, Drudge posted — and The Hollywood Reporter screenshot — what appears to be a scan of Ailes' multi-million dollar separation agreement.

As of this writing, Drudge's Twitter profile features just one tweet:

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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