Published: Wed, July 20, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Roger Ailes sexually harassed Megyn Kelly

Roger Ailes sexually harassed Megyn Kelly

Fox News chief Roger Ailes and 21st Century Fox are negotiating his exit after a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former network anchor.

On Tuesday, the Drudge Report claimed Ailes would be leaving the cable news network and in turn receive at least a $40 million buyout.

As Radar previously reported, Fox News political commentator Megyn Kelly, 45, allegedly told investigators that Ailes made advances on her 10 years ago, and six women told NY magazine that Ailes harassed them as well.

21st Century Fox initiated an internal review of Fox News following a lawsuit filed by Carlson alleging Ailes did not renew her contract on June 23 because she refused his sexual advances.

Roger was the center of a messy harassment suit filed by Gretchen Carlson, 50, claiming the CEO repeatedly sexually harassed her during her time at FOX News.

Ailes had always been a confidant of 21st Century Fox Executive Co-Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who named Ailes founding chief executive of Fox News Channel in 1996.

Fox News parent 21 Century Fox issued a statement late Tuesday that said Ailes is still employed by the company. The story was authored by Gabriel Sherman, who wrote an influential biography of Ailes in 2014.

Ailes denies the charges and accuses Carlson of retaliating against the end of her contract, as David reported last week.

Kelly is one of Fox highest-profile newscasters and made news a year ago for being co-moderator of the first Republican debate, during which Donald Trump accused her of being biased.

Ailes hired prominent conservative politicians to serve as commentators and occasionally to host shows of their own.

I think I speak of many justice-loving Americans when I say. ewwwww. Ailes has flatly denied Carlson's claims.

It's hard to imagine the network behaving any worse than it did under Ailes' tenure, but that's putting too much faith in Faux News.

Fox News without Roger Ailes or Bill O'Reilly would nearly be a completely new Fox News.

CNN media reporter Brian Stelter said there was "conflicting information" about Ailes' current status. Fox is now dominating all of the other networks in this week's coverage of the Republican National Convention. Kelly, who has become something of a feminist icon thanks to her tangles with GOP nominee Donald Trump, is seen by many inside Fox as the future of the network.

When Lachlan Murdoch served as deputy chief operating officer of the company over a decade ago - when it was known as News Corp. - he bumped up against Mr. Ailes over the management of Fox's local-television stations.

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