Fox's Howard Kurtz: Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Roger Ailes Have Been “Painful And Embarrassing” For The Network

Kurtz: “Let Me Be Blunt. This Has Been A Painful And Embarrassing Period For The Network”

From the July 24 edition of Fox News' MediaBuzz:

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HOWARD KURTZ (HOST): Fox News is drawing an enormous amount of media attention for an abrupt change at the top of this network. Enormous because Roger Ailes, who resigned this week as chairman of [Fox News Channel] and Fox Business Network has been such a high profile figure in politics and in television. 


Rupert Murdoch is taking over as chairman of FNC and Fox Business, and assuming the role of acting CEO. Ailes will be available as a consultant to Murdoch. Now, the announcement by the network's parent company, 21st Century Fox, followed a sexual harassment suit filed this month by Gretchen Carlson after her contract as a daytime Fox host was not renewed. Ailes has strongly denied the allegations in that suit. 


Some high profile anchors at Fox defended Ailes in interviews, saying they could not imagine him engaging in inappropriate conduct.


Let me be blunt. This has been a painful and embarrassing period for the network, but the news operation of the 76-year-old Ailes built remains in place. 


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