Roger Ailes in talks to exit Fox: report
Roger Ailes’ long career at 21st Century Fox may be coming to an end.
The New York Times reports that Ailes, who is the target of a sexual harassment lawsuit by ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, is in the “advanced stages” of a discussion to leave his post as Chairman of Fox News Channel. The media company reportedly launched an in-house investigation of Ailes after Carlson’s suit was filed.
21st Century Fox released this statement to the newspaper: “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”
Earlier this month, Carlson filed court papers that alleged Ailes “unlawfully retaliated against Carlson and sabotaged her career because she refused sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.” Carlson claims the Fox News chief fired her from Fox & Friends in 2013, which resulted in a new time slot and a pay cut.
Six more women have reportedly emerged with allegations of sexual abuse against Ailes, who launched Fox News 20 years ago. At the time, Ailes’ outside attorney released this statement: “It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue. The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false.”
Read the entire NYT piece about Ailes here.