- The Washington Times - Monday, July 1, 2019

Actor Russell Crowe bailed on a panel about Showtime’s limited series on Fox News founder Roger Ailes when producers turned his introduction into a political rant.

The cast of “The Loudest Voice” carried on without the lead during a June 24 interview at Build Studio in the Village due to producers’ attempts to take pot shots at Ailes, who died in May 2017.

Sources told The New York Post that Mr. Crowe was livid with the way Ailes‘ July 2016 resignation over sexual harassment accusations would be broached.

“It had not been preapproved by his people,” the source said Monday. “He refused to walk out on the stage.”

Host Ricky Camilleri called Ailes a “sick person,” in addition to other negative remarks about the man.

A representative for the actor said it was untrue that he excoriated a producer and the host prior to their apology and a press interview in the facility’s basement.

“[Crowe] was concerned the interview would be biased given our host saying [Ailes] was not a good guy. That’s the end of the story,” a representative for the panel told the newspaper.

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