Roger Ailes’ Leaving Fox News Following Sexual Harassment Allegations
Roger Ailes will reportedly soon be out as Fox News Chairman and CEO following mounting allegations of sexual harassment.
Roger Ailes Out At Fox News
Ailes, 76, could be at the end of his long and storied career at Fox News, the top-rated, conservative-leaning cable network that he founded 20 years ago. Earlier this month, Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes after getting fired from Fox. In her lawsuit, Carlson alleged sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. And now, only two weeks later, reports suggest that Ailes will soon be forced to leave Fox News due to the lawsuit and the network’s internal review.
Ailes might be leaving Fox News as soon as Friday, July 22, according to Drudge Report. The outlet claimed that he’ll be departing Fox News with a $40 million “golden parachute.” Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich has refuted the report – but did confirm that there have been negotiations about some sort of deal that will likely be reached next week when 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch returns to New York City.
“What I can say is there’s a lot of talk going on…at Fox with various people involved,” Estrich told The Daily Beast. “Roger hasn’t approved anything yet. Roger and Rupert will talk. Rupert is due back in town next week.”
“There is no deal about anything at this point,” Estrich said. “Nobody’s got one right now. We don’t know how that term sheet got there, but it is not an accurate or final term sheet about anything.”
21st Century Fox has also released a statement, which reads, “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”
In addition to Carlson, it’s been reported that a number of other women employed by Fox News have come forward with their experiences of being sexually harassed by Ailes. Megyn Kelly, one of Fox News’ biggest stars, is reportedly among them.