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Roger Ailes Ousted from Fox News over Sexual Harassment Claims

HeadlineJul 22, 2016

Fox News Chair Roger Ailes has resigned amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment. Ailes is the most powerful person in conservative media. Fox has announced Rupert Murdoch will take over as chairperson. Many outlets are reporting Ailes will receive a $40 million severance package. This comes after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment. Fox anchor Megyn Kelly and a half-dozen other women have also accused him of harassment. Ailes has also been a major force in the Republican establishment for decades. The New York Times has compared him to J. Edgar Hoover, writing he was “unelected but mighty … ruling by force and fear.” On Thursday, Gretchen Carlson’s lawyer Nancy Erika Smith said in a statement that Carlson’s “extraordinary courage has caused a seismic shift in the media world.”

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