Roger Ailes, who created the Fox News giant and built the number one news network into a $3 billion empire, is in negotiations to step down. The reasoning is in part due to the 76-year olds’ recent sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.
If that wasn’t bad enough, New York Magazine reports that Megyn Kelly — Fox News’ brightest female anchor — told investigators at a law firm hired by 21st Century Fox that Ailes “also made sexual advances” towards her when she was a legal correspondent and frequent guest on Bill O’Reilly’s nightly show nearly ten years ago. However, Megyn Kelly has not filed charges against Ailes. Yet. The Drudge Report stated that Kelly indicated to investigators about the harassment by Ailes, saying she “didn’t like the way he had hugged her.”
Oddly, Ailes has been Kelly’s biggest supporter, and even defended her repeatedly against Donald Trump’s vicious attacks, which inadvertently propelled her into stardom.
Now — and somewhat ironically — Ailes is getting advice from Trump about his contractual agreement to exit. That’s weird, right? Maybe Trump was right all along and only now is Ailes realizing it.
Despite Ailes defending Kelly against Trump, she has been absent in defending Ailes. Instead, Kelly conveniently cries the same thing about an inappropriate hug ten years ago?
But nearly a dozen Fox News personalities have come forward to defend Ailes and some are threatening to leave along with him. Amongst them, Fox News’ number one lineup in all of cable news, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, are threatening to leave the network altogether if Ailes gets the boot as a result of the allegations and lawsuit by Carlson.
Greta Van Susteren has also stated publicly that if he leaves, she’ll follow. The most interesting part is that, according to the Financial Times, O’Reilly, Hannity and Van Susteren all have contract clauses that would allow them to depart if Ailes leaves the network.
If that happens, you can say goodbye to Fox News — and especially to their number one spot — not to mention the massive amounts of revenue that they’ll lose.
Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity will be just fine. Their avid supporters will follow them anywhere, much like Glenn Beck was supported in his departure from Fox News back in June of 2011. In fact, O’Reilly and Hannity will probably make much more money, as Beck did when he left.
What do you think? Should Fox News allow Ailes to stay, despite the allegations? What should Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity do?