Media Reporting That Roger Ailes Is Leaving Fox News

by Jared Lewis July 21, 2016, 6:15
Media Reporting That Roger Ailes Is Leaving Fox News

Conservative author Ann Coulter sarcastically described Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as "very brave" for "waiting until the last minute" to allege network honcho Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her.

21st Century Fox responded to reports that Fox News Channel executive Roger Ailes is leaving the network following a slew of sexual harassment allegations. The suit prompted 21st Century Fox to conduct an internal review and it set off an intense round of speculation in the news media and the television industry about Ailes' future. Among them was Megyn Kelly, a star Fox host, according to NY magazine. Three of Fox News' biggest stars - Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren - have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to depart if Mr Ailes were to leave the network, the two people briefed on the dispute said.

Sherman previously reported that more than a dozen women have contacted Carlson's lawyer, Nancy Smith, to offer their details about alleged sexual harassment from Ailes.

Ailes has a loyal following at Fox News and Fox Business and has typically operated with little interference from the leadership at 21st Century Fox, in part because of his close relationship with Rupert Murdoch, according to WSJ.

"In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him", the attorney said. Now the only agreement that they have in place with the man is the existing employment agreement between himself and the company.

Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, a towering figure in media and politics for the past half-century, is negotiating his exit from the cable network amidst a spiraling sexual harassment scandal, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The Daily Beast reported that Fox had initially confirmed Ailes had negotiated a deal to leave, but "subsequently walked back that confirmation".

Kelly's rise to prominence was boosted by her well-publicized feud with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, which started in August 2015 when she called him out for branding "women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals".

Asked about an exit agreement, Estrich said: "Exit agreements can take all kinds of different forms, including agreements that provide for continuing roles". Mr. Ailes said publicly that he would still report directly to Rupert Murdoch.

Though a number of current and former Fox staffers and spoken out on Ailes' behalf over the past two weeks, most are now staying silent about the deepening controversy.

In a tweet, 21st Century Fox said, "Roger is at work".

Ailes has denied all of the allegations made against him.

This negotiation came following the sexual harassment lawsuit was filed by Gretchen Carlson, a former anchor.

Ailes' personal attorney denied the claims by Boyle and others in the New York Magazine article.

Several Fox News personalities tried steering clear of the drama while in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

This year, aided by strong interest in the election, Fox News reported a 37 percent spike in prime-time ratings in the key advertiser demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds.


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