Roger Ailes Statement By Rudolph W. Giuliani

He was undone last summer by a lawsuit in which former anchor Gretchen Carlson alleged sexual harassment, an action that prompted other women, including Megyn Kelly, the network's biggest female star at the time, to come forward with similar stories.

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

Ailes' wife said in a statement she's "profoundly sad and heartbroken at her husband's passing".

Before founding Fox, Ailes advised Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Ailes denied the allegations, but was given a reputed $40 million payout on his departure and remained as a consultant to the network.

"Roger Ailes has died".

"A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years".

CNN Media Correspondent Brian Stelter said Ailes had fallen out with many of his old friends, including President Trump.

Through it all, Fox News has retained the identity Ailes forged for the network as a leading platform for conservative opinion and a counterweight to other news outlets that Fox hosts generally regard with disdain.

FOLKENFLIK: Well, you know, Roger Ailes really defined the culture at Fox News.

The statement provided by Elizabeth Ailes called the king of conservative news "a patriot, [and] profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise - and to give back".

The allegations of sexual harassment against the late Fox News boss were rarely ever acknowledged on the network.

Ailes was suffering from numerous and serious health problems, which we're told contributed to his death.

On May 10, police and ambulance crew were called to the mansion, according to records, after Ailes fell in his bathroom.

Roger Ailes was the former CEO of Fox News and was responsible for making the conservative news empire the powerhouse that it is today. But critics like Dr. Jeffrey Jones, director of journalism's Peabody Awards, said no one had done more harm to American democracy in the last generation.

The cable network's hosts read out a statement from Ailes' wife Elizabeth announcing his death this afternoon.

"He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better", Hannity tweeted Thursday. She and Zachary and all of us are devastated by this loss, but we are also very proud to have had Roger Ailes and to have benefitted from his achievements.

In recent years, he began an informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, even sitting in on debate prep for the candidate during his 2016 campaign.

"Beth, you are in our thoughts and prayers", co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, "and so is Zachary, their lovely son".

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