Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has passed away at the age of 77.
According to his wife, the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News who resigned last July following allegations of sexual harassment has died at the age of 77.
His wife Elizabeth, with whom he has one son, released the following statement to Matt Drudge:
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.”
No other information about Ailes’ death is available at this moment and President Trump has yet to Tweet about Ailes’ death.
The cause of Ailes’ death is unknown at this time.
Roger Ailes Cause of Death
Unknown at this time.
About Roger Ailes
Roger Eugene Ailes, born, May 15, 1940, was an American media consultant and television executive. Ailes was born and grew up in the factory town of Warren, Ohio, the son of Donna Marie (née Cunningham) and Robert Eugene Ailes, a factory maintenance foreman. Ailes attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he majored in radio and television and served as the student station manager for WOUB for two years, before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1962.
Ailes was the founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group. Ailes founded the network in the 1990s, billing it as a “fair and balanced” alternative to his competitors.
Ailes was also a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign.
In 2016, he was an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation. In July 2016, Ailes left Fox News after a slew of sexual harassment claims. He was given a $40 million payment to leave the network.
Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Allegations & Resignation
In a book published in 2014, Gabriel Sherman alleged that Ailes offered a television producer a raise if she would sleep with him.
On July 6, 2016, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. Carlson alleged that she was fired for rebuffing Ailes’ advances. Days later, Gabriel Sherman reported accounts from six women who alleged sexual harassment by Ailes.
On July 19, 2016, New York reported that Megyn Kelly told investigators Ailes made “unwanted sexual advances toward her” at the start of her career. The magazine also reported that the Murdochs had given Ailes an ultimatum—resign by August 1 or be fired.
On July 21, Ailes resigned from Fox News, receiving $40 million from Fox in an exit agreement. Rupert Murdoch succeeded him as chairman and interim CEO until the naming of a permanent replacement.
On August 8, 2016, Shelly Ross, writing for The Daily Beast, described her encounter of sexual harassment with Ailes in 1981. She claimed that at a lunch meeting Ailes asked her, “When did you first discover you were sexy?” When Ross explained to Ailes that she found the conversation “very embarrassing” he responded that “the best expression of loyalty comes in the form of a sexual alliance.