- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is reportedly leaving the cable news network following sexual harassment claims by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Fox News confirmed to The Daily Beast that Mr. Ailes was out as CEO, following an exclusive report from the Drudge Report. Fox News walked back the confirmation shortly after The Daily Beast story broke Tuesday evening, the outlet reported.

Other major news outlets confirmed the rumor, citing anonymous sources.

Drudge initially reported that Mr. Ailes would receive at least a $40 million buyout from the network, but that information was scrubbed from the website Tuesday evening.

“Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement.

The news comes hours after a New York Magazine report that Fox News host Megyn Kelly accused the 76-year-old executive of making unwanted sexual advances toward her about 10 years ago when she was a Fox correspondent.

The magazine cited two anonymous sources who were briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside investigation of Mr. Ailes, led by New York-based law firm Paul, Weiss.

Mr. Ailes’ attorney Susan Estrich reportedly released a statement Tuesday evening to Drudge, saying, “Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly. In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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