Disgraced former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has died at age 77, his family announced on Thursday morning, prompting many of his former colleagues to comment on his passing.
Fox News quickly broke into “Fox & Friends” with an alert confirming the news — the co-hosts sounded emotional while reporting the death of their former boss. Ailes resigned from the company in July after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that resulted in multiple women coming forward with similar claims.
Before the sexual harassment scandals emerged, Ailes was considered the mastermind behind the success of Fox News and one of the most powerful men in both media and American politics.
Many Fox News staffers who worked for Ailes appear shaken up by the news.