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Roger Ailes Dead - Former Fox CEO Passes Away at 77

Roger Ailes, the formed CEO of Fox News who was forced to leave the network after allegations of sexual harassment, has passed away at the age of 77.

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement, attributed to his wife Elizabeth Ailes, said (via the Drudge Report). “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise‚Ä”and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life…”

Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, both formerly of Fox News, accused Roger of sexual harassment. He resigned as CEO back in July.

VIDEO: Megyn Kelly Explains How She Kept Working for Roger Ailes After His Sexual Harassment

Megyn Kelly made an appearance on Good Morning America and discussed her new memoir “Settle for More” – specifically the sexual harassment advances from her boss Roger Ailes.

“It culminated in a physical attempt to be with me,” Megyn said on GMA. “He tried to kiss me three times. And when I rejected that, he asked me when my contract is up.”

“A woman can be harassed and then go on to have a good working relationship with a man harassing her. And that’s what happened in my case,” Megyn continued about how she was able to continue working at the network under her boss.

“Sure enough, he stopped,” Megyn said after she ignored him. “And we went on to have a healthy, working relationship. And what he said about promoting me and having my back over the next several years is true. It was one of the reasons why even I found it hard to believe that he was a serial harasser when the lawsuit broke and then women started coming forward anonymously. But it soon became clear to me that after reading the allegations that at least an investigation was necessary.”

Gretchen Carlson Speaks Out on Roger Ailes' Oust at Fox News

Gretchen Carlson‘s confession that she was sexually harassed by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes led to the big boss being let go from his job and now she’s speaking out about his oust.

The 50-year-old former Fox News host took to Twitter to thank fans and the other women who came forward about Ailes for supporting her.

“Thx 2all the #brave women who decided 2also come forward about #RogerAiles. #stopsexualharassment #StandWithGretchen,” she tweeted.

Gretchen also shared her lawyer’s statement: “Within 2 weeks of her filing a lawsuit against Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson‘s extraordinary courage has caused a seismic shift in the media world. We hope that all businesses now understand that women will no longer tolerate sexual harassment and reputable companies will no longer shield those who abuse women. We thank all the brave women who spoke out about this issues. We will have more to say in coming days as events unfold.”

Watch a video message from Gretchen below:

Roger Ailes Resigns at Fox News, Rupert Murdoch Will Take Over as Acting CEO

Roger Ailes has officially stepped down as CEO of Fox News after sexual harassment claims were brought against him.

Rupert Murdoch
will assume the role of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

“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,” Rupert said in a statement (via Deadline).

“It is always difficult to create a channel or a publication from the ground up and against seemingly entrenched monopolies. 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.

It was reported days ago that Roger had stepped down, but the announcement was premature.

Sexual harassment allegations were reported by former employee Gretchen Carlson. Megyn Kelly also reportedly confirmed she was sexually harassed by Roger.

Fox News' Roger Ailes Out at Network After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Fox News boss Roger Ailes is officially out as the head honcho at the company after sexual harassment allegations were reported by former employee Gretchen Carlson.

Another respected Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly also reportedly confirmed she was sexually harassed by Roger.

According to reports by the Daily Beast, he will be getting a $40 million buyout and leaving the company.

No official statement has been released, but several news sources have confirmed that Roger has officially parted ways after the allegations. Stay tuned for more information.

UPDATE: A statement was released by 21st Century Fox refuting the news to THR: “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”