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Roger Ailes has stepped down as chairman and CEO of Fox News after 20 years of building the network under Rupert Murdoch. The news comes after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, followed by multiple women who gave similar claims, including Megyn Kelly.
Murdoch, 85, will assume the position of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Murdoch on Thursday addressed the exit agreement in a statement where he expressed Ailes‘ “remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years. Fox News has given voice to those who were ignored by the traditional networks and has been one of the great commercial success stories of modern media.”
Carlson’s lawyers declared victory over Ailes stating, “Within just two weeks of her filing a lawsuit against Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson’s extraordinary courage has caused a seismic shift in the media world. We hope that all businesses now understand that women will no longer tolerate sexual harassment and reputable companies will no longer shield those who abuse women. We thank all the brave women who spoke out about this issue. We will have more to say in coming days as events unfold.”
The shakeup has prompted a number of Fox News hosts and analysts to weigh in, including Bret Baier, who told Politico, “It feels bad.”
Chris Wallace told Business Insider in a statement, “In almost 50 years in the news business, Roger Ailes is the best boss I have ever had. I admire him professionally. And I love him personally. I am heartbroken he is gone. Roger and Rupert came up with the concept of Fox News 20 years ago. I can’t think of a better person to keep Fox News on track than Rupert.”
Read reactions from Geraldo Rivera, Samantha Bee and other industry names below.
Oh the grotesque unfairness of life
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 21, 2016
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 21, 2016
Thank you, Roger Ailes for being a wonderful boss and mentor. I will always appreciate what you’ve done for me. Again, THANK YOU.
— Juliet Huddy (@JulietHuddyTV) July 21, 2016
when you oust Roger Ailes & replace him with Rupert Murdoch pic.twitter.com/Og4ajL7skk
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 21, 2016
Hundreds of people put a roof over their heads and braces on their kids working a job created by Roger Ailes. I’m grateful for 15 years.
— Mike Tobin (@MikeTobinFox) July 21, 2016
The fact that Rupert Murdoch himself has taken charge at Fox News is a sign of how much the company values what Roger Ailes built.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 21, 2016
“It feels bad” – Bret baier
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) July 21, 2016
Lady Justice has spoken. Sadly, Ailes grabbed her ass on the way out.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 21, 2016
A reminder about Roger Ailes, who once negotiated with the GE chairman to decide what news would be on Fox and MSNBC https://t.co/FHmKT9ugU2
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 21, 2016
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