Roger Ailes has officially resigned.
On Thursday, we learned that the FOX News CEO has stepped down from his position after over a dozen women have accused the media mogul of sexual harassment.
Sources even say Megyn Kelly is among the women Roger targeted.
Rupert Murdoch will be taking over as Chairman and acting CEO of both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Rupert raved about the alleged harasser in a statement, saying:
“Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years…. To lead a flourishing news channel, and to build Fox Business, Roger has defied the odds. His grasp of policy and his ability to make profoundly important issues accessible to a broader audience stand in stark contrast to the self-serving elitism that characterizes far too much of the media.”
He continued to address his new responsibility, adding:
“I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice. Our nation needs a robust Fox News to resonate from every corner of the country. To ensure continuity of all that is best about Fox News and what it stands for, I will take over as Chairman and acting CEO, with the support of our existing management team under Bill Shine, Jay Wallace and Mark Kranz.”
You can read Rupert’s full statement here.
Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch — 21st Century Fox‘s Executive Chairman and CEO — also applauded Roger’s accomplishments amid the allegations, saying:
“We join our father in recognizing Roger’s remarkable contributions to our company. Our talented Fox News and Fox Business colleagues, up and down the organization and on both sides of the camera, have built something that continues to redefine the cable news experience for millions of viewers. We are enormously proud of their accomplishments. For them, as well as for our colleagues across our entire organization, we continue our commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect. We take seriously our responsibility to uphold these traditional, long-standing values of our company.”
Earlier this week, the scandalized CEO and the network had reportedly been in talks regarding his departure. Roger’s resignation is effective immediately.
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