In the midst of an embarrassing sexual harassment accusations from former anchor Gretchen Carlson and a myriad of other former FOX News employees, The Daily Beast is reporting that FOX News CEO Roger Ailes is out at the leading cable news network, a network that has been a leading cheerleader of the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
Fox News confirmed to The Daily Beast editor-at-large Lloyd Grove on Tuesday that beleagured chairman and CEO Roger Ailes will depart the cable news network following sexual harassment claims by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. According to a document obtained by the Drudge Report, Ailes will receive at least a $40 million buyout from the network.
FOX News’ Megyn Kelly, who has not defended Ailes like some FOX personalities (Sean Hannity, Kimberly Guilfoyle, etc.), and has received much criticism for it by FOX sycophants, reportedly told investigators in the Gretchen Carlson case that Ailes sexually assaulted her ten years ago before her rise to stardom.
New York Magazine reported the story late Friday morning:
As a chorus of prominent Fox News women have gone public defending Roger Ailes against the wave of sexual-harassment allegations sparked by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit, the network’s biggest star, Megyn Kelly, has been conspicuously silent. Kelly’s refusal to join in Ailes’s orchestrated defense has led to speculation about why.
Now we have the answer. According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail.
In February, Donald Trump, which as received extremely favorable coverage from FOX News, called Roger Ailes a friend but said that “he doesn’t do anything for me.”