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Reactions to the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes

Reactions to the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes, former chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, died on Thursday.

Elizabeth Ailes, 56, a former media executive, released a statement about her husband of 19 years to Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report.

Ailes left Fox News past year after a series of sexual harassment allegations were levied against him.

He said he suspects the rest of the media, who despise Fox News, will not "leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief" but that's ok because Ailes "just has a head start in preparing to kick your ass in the next life".

He most notably served as a media adviser to President Richard Nixon, and filled similar capacities with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. "He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted", the statement read.

The architect of Fox News was also close to President Trump, to whom he gave a weekly slot on Fox & Friends - a show that the president has regularly touted in his tweets from the White House.

"The sudden passing of Roger Ailes will make it hard for Fox News to refute the allegations against him as his testimony was not secured by sworn testimony to date", attorney Douglas H. Wigodr told Radar.

News of Ailes' death prompted widespread expressions of shock and grief from numerous political, entertainment and media figures.

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"Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors".

A sign displays the news that former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, on the outside Fox News headquarters in NY.

Ailes leaves behind his wife, along with their son, Zachary Ailes. "Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him". Within a few years, it became the audience leader in cable news.

Ailes was famous for his shrewd leadership of Fox, including his focus on airing conservative opinions and hiring anchors and reporters with big personalities.

Sean Hannity also took to the microblogging site to mourn his old boss: "He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better".

Ailes' wife Elizabeth confirmed the news in a statement. Carlson said she was sacked for refusing Ailes' sexual advancements, and Tantaros alleged Fox News was "steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny".

"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs", he added. "Roger Ailes was fiercely loyal and would fight for you even if you didn't work for his company".


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