Fox News chairman and CEO has stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations

By: 
Tom Hinde
Publisher

Roger Ailes, 76, the visionary who created Fox News Channel and turned it into the leading voice of conservatism in America has resigned. His resignation comes amid a budding sexual harassment scandal. Ailes' ouster came two weeks after Gretchen Carlson, one of the news hosts on Fox filed a lawsuit alleging Ailes has sexually harassed her.

The lawsuit set off a series of events, including an investigation of his conduct by an outside law firm, which lead to other Fox employees claiming sexual harassment. Among them was Megyn Kelly, a star Fox host, according to New York magazine.

The allegations provided a foundation for owner Rupert Murdoch sons, Lachlan, 44, and James, 43, to press for Ailes's ouster, according to people at Fox and 21st Century Fox. Susan Estrich, Ailes attorney and a former Fox commentator, said "exit" negotiations between Ailes and 21st Century Fox were ongoing.

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