Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has been in an ongoing feud with Ruper Murdoch’s son, who runs Newscorp, the parent company of Fox. This relationship has become increasingly strained after allegations of Roger Ailes sexually harassing originally one broadcast anchor, and subsequently others have made claims. Those allegations were looked into, and now the determination has been made for Ailes to step down from Fox.
Questions remain as to whether this will happen immediately or be postponed until after the Republican National Convention.
After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go.
Gretchen Carlson, a daytime TV host was the first women to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment — publicly, but not the last.
And it appears Carlson won’t be the last, either. In recent days, more than a dozen women have contacted Carlson’s New Jersey–based attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, and made detailed allegations of sexual harassment by Ailes over a 25-year period, dating back to the 1960s, when he was a producer on The Mike Douglas Show. “These are women who have never told these stories until now,” Smith told me. “Some are in a lot of pain.” Taken together, these stories portray Ailes as a boss who spoke openly of expecting women to perform sexual favors in exchange for job opportunities. “He said that’s how all these men in media and politics work — everyone’s got their friend,” recalled Kellie Boyle, who says Ailes propositioned her in 1989, shortly after he helped George H.W. Bush become president by serving as his chief media strategist.