The conservative news network at Fox News has recently found themselves at the center of headlines, following a huge shakeup among their popular show hosts. Now, the network has suffered more devastation after learning of an unexpected death of one person whose name is synonymous with the station and has been for years.
In a statement just obtained by the Drudge Report after being released by the deceased’s wife, the entire nation is in shock this morning to learn who is no longer with us and why.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement said, according to The Hill.
“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.”
After an impressive 20 years of leading the network into news excellence, making it the most watched station for everyone on the right, Ailes resigned as the head of the network in July of 2016 after having been accused of sexual harassment.
Just before Ailes’ resignation, host Gretchen Carlson, of the show The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, had filed a sexual harassment suit against the head of the network.
The Washington Post reports:
“Gretchen Carlson’s tenure as an on-air host at Fox News was imperiled, and she knew it. For the previous nine months she’d been quietly meeting with attorneys to craft a sexual-harassment lawsuit against her boss, the all-powerful Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. Now she was almost ready to go public with her allegation that Ailes had sabotaged her career because she wouldn’t have sex with him. But questions ricocheted around the room.”
“Within weeks, Carlson would be out of a job, and a cascading series of events, unfolding with dizzying speed, would culminate in the public shaming and resignation this week of Ailes, one of the most influential executives in American television history, as well as a primary architect of the modern-day Republican Party and conservative movement. News of Carlson’s firing, and the lawsuit she filed shortly thereafter, have now prompted 25 women to come forward with what they describe as similar harassment claims against Ailes that stretch across five decades back to his days in the 1960s as a young television producer, according to Carlson’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith.”
Ailes was committed to defending himself against the allegations and sadly spend the remainder of his life in this scandal. His passing came suddenly and unexpectedly today and the cause has yet to be determined.
“Roger is committed to defending himself against the campaign that is being waged to destroy his reputation including the vigorous refutation of demonstrably false and incredible charges,” Susan Estrich, an attorney for Ailes, previously said in a statement at the time the scandal first erupted in the news. “It is virtually impossible to respond to anonymous allegations, much less ones that are fourteen or even thirty years old, especially charges never made at the time of the alleged occurrence. In the law, this impossibility is why we have statutes of limitation, that are at most three years.”
As the news continues to come out about what exactly happened, since it did so without notice, we will keep you updated.
This isn’t the first death at Fox News this year, as we previously reported, there were two others within the last few months.
Fox News Channel has suffered a great loss previously confirming that one of their female show hosts has died.
Brenda Buttner was a 55-year-old mother of two girls and beloved host of Bulls and Bears for the news network. She was deeply loved and respected by her colleagues at Fox who are saddened today that the “warm, welcoming, open-minded, and bright” host has lost her battle with cancer after being diagnosed with it this year.
In the same week as Buttner’s passing, the network lost another. Just a couple of days after it was announced that 55-year-old Fox Business host, Brenda Buttner had lost her short battle to cancer, the news network was rocked by a sudden death that they weren’t prepared for. Hannity’s close colleague and former co-host on his show Hannity & Colmes, Alan Colmes, is dead at the age of 66, Mediaite reported. Colmes passed after a brief illness.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ailes’ family and the FOX News network.