Sources Claim Roger Ailes Is Out, at Some Point

21st Century Fox tight-lipped on report Murdochs want Ailes gone
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2016 2:56 PM CDT
Sources Claim Roger Ailes Is Out, at Some Point
In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Roger Ailes is a heartbeat away from being disappeared from his CEO post at Fox News, per two unnamed sources who reportedly have inside knowledge about Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment case against him. But the Murdoch family may be arguing over the timing, Gabriel Sherman wrote Monday for the Intelligencer after speaking to the two sources. Although Rupert Murdoch, founder of News Corp. and executive co-chair of 21st Century Fox, and his sons, Lachlan (his 21st Century Fox co-chair) and James (the company's CEO), are said to agree Ailes should be booted, Rupert and Lachlan would reportedly prefer to wait until after this week's GOP convention has ended, while James wants Ailes to either tender his resignation this week or face the ax.

Sherman, who the Guardian points out penned a 2014 Ailes biography, notes interviews regarding Carlson's complaint are being held at the NYC offices of the Paul, Weiss law firm because some are worried the Fox News offices could be under surveillance, per sources. Major media outlets are picking up the Intelligencer's report, but word out of 21st Century Fox so far has been next to nil, with a spokesperson simply telling Politico: "This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded." (Carlson isn't the only one who's come forward with claims against Ailes.)

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