Embattled Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes resigned Thursday following a sexual harassment scandal that consumed the network during this week’s Republican National Convention, parent company 21st Century Fox announced.
It’s a stunning fall for Ailes, a longtime political operative and media visionary who built Fox News with Rupert Murdoch in 1996 and led the cable channel to ratings dominance.
Murdoch will now assume the role of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News and Fox Business, which Ailes also ran.
“Roger Ailes has made a 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,” Murdoch said in a statement.
Murdoch didn’t mention the ongoing scandal, spurred by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed two weeks ago by former "Fox & Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson, an event that’s prompted numerous other women to come forward both publicly and as part of an internal review.
Fox News star Megyn Kelly has reportedly accused Ailes of sexual harassment as part of her testimony to law firm Paul, Weiss, which is conducting the internal review. However, Murdoch’s sons notably stressed the need for “maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect” in a separate statement that also praised Ailes' contributions to the company.
“We take seriously our responsibility to uphold these traditional, long-standing values of our company,” they said.
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