Fox News is about to trim its rotten roots.
Last week, former network anchor Gretchen Carlson filed an explosive sexual harassment lawsuit against network Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, in which she claimed she was fired for shutting down his sexual advances.
On Tuesday, the Drudge Report claimed Ailes would be leaving the cable news network and in turn receive at least a $40 million buyout.
For a hot second, it seemed like Fox News was making swift removal of its troubled Chairman, as the network apparently confirmed Ailes’ exit to The Daily Beast.
But now it looks like they spoke too soon, because Fox walked back on the confirmation shortly afterwards…
21st Century Fox released a statement saying the internal review is still going on, and no decision has been made yet regarding Ailes’s termination:
“Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”
The statement also squashed the report of New York Magazine claiming Megyn Kelly told investigators hired by Fox that Ailes had sexually harassed her a decade ago, noting:
“Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly. In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.”
Maybe he’s not gone just yet, but it sounds like the clock is definitely ticking for the disgraced CEO.
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