Roger Ailes, the founder and former CEO of Fox News, is dead, according to his family. He was 77. The one-time Republican political operative launched the right-wing cable news network in 1996 and helmed it for two decades before he was forced out last year amid a deluge of allegations that he sexually harassed women in the workplace. Ailes denied the claims. Under his leadership, Fox rose to become the number one network in cable news and a hugely formidable force in conservative politics. Behind on-air talent like Bill O’Reilly—also forced out recently amid sexual harassment allegations—and Megyn Kelly, Ailes’ network fundamentally reshaped the American political landscape. Along the way, he became one of the most powerful men in America.
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The news comes via a statement from his wife, Elizabeth Ailes:
This post will be updated.