Disgraced former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has died at age 77, his family announced on Thursday morning, prompting many of his former colleagues to comment on his passing.
Fox News quickly broke into “Fox & Friends” with an alert confirming the news — the co-hosts sounded emotional while reporting the death of their former boss. Ailes resigned from the company in July after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that resulted in multiple women coming forward with similar claims.
Before the sexual harassment scandals emerged, Ailes was considered the mastermind behind the success of Fox News and one of the most powerful men in both media and American politics.
Many Fox News staffers who worked for Ailes appear shaken up by the news.
Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. Roger Ailes. For Decades RA's has impacted American politics and media.
Roger Ailes died this morning, our deepest sympathies to Beth and his son Zach. Roger was a media genius, good friend and great American.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history. I will miss his friendship dearly. RIP.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 18, 2017
Love and prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger – you changed television as we know it. https://t.co/1vjhGFQaDc
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) May 18, 2017
OMG #RogerAiles is gone, devastating news, & Erica & I send our condolences to Beth, their son Zack & the entire family. He was a great man
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) May 18, 2017
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) May 18, 2017
Prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger Ailes- you changed television as we know it. https://t.co/ijOtxlV488
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) May 18, 2017
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