Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief, dies at 77

Roger Ailes, former Fox News chief, dies at 77

May 18th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Entertainment

FILE - In a Sept. 29, 2006 file photo, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York. 21st Century Fox says Ailes is resigning. The announcement comes amid charges by former anchor Gretchen Carlson, who claims she was fired after refusing his sexual advances. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015 file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York. A lawyer for Ailes is denying that the Fox News Channel chief executive sexually harassed network star Megyn Kelly. A statement on Tuesday came amidst a swirl of contradictory reports that Ailes had been ousted as head of the influential network. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)


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Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, has died at 77. 

Ailes helped build Fox News from the ground up, starting it in 1996 and growing it into a media giant that led in cable news ratings and influenced American politics. 

His wife, Elizabeth Ailes, called him a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise 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," she wrote. 

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Ailes was trying to sell his four-bedroom, 5 bathroom Cresskill home.

Ailes resigned last summer following allegations of sexual harassment. Ailes denied any wrongdoing.

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