Ailes reportedly on way out at Fox News amid sexual harassment claims

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Amid widening allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is reportedly on the verge of being ousted from the role he has held since founding the network 20 years ago (KABC)

Amid widening allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is reportedly on the verge of being ousted from the role he has held since founding the network 20 years ago.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has told investigators she was subject to unwanted sexual advances by Ailes, New York magazine is reporting.

That investigation was launched after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. Then other women have come forward as well alleging inappropriate advances.



The magazine reported that Kelly described the harassment in detail for investigators working for Fox's parent company, saying it happened about 10 years ago during her early days at the network.

Now, several media outlets are reporting that Rupert Murdoch and his sons are negotiating a departure by the 76-year-old Ailes.

Ailes is a former media consultant for Republican presidents who became the founding CEO of Fox News in October 1996. He helped the network leap to the top of the news ratings and generate enormous revenue for its parent, 21st Century Fox.

Ailes and his attorneys have denied the sexual harassment allegations, including some that predated his start at Fox News. Conflicting reports came out Tuesday as to whether Ailes had already been ousted, but 21st Century Fox issued a statement saying he was still at work on Tuesday.

"Roger is at work," 21st Century Fox said. "The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement."
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