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Report: Fox's Megyn Kelly Says Roger Ailes Harassed Her; Ailes to Be Fired

Report: Fox's Megyn Kelly Says Roger Ailes Harassed Her; Ailes to Be Fired


The founding CEO of Fox News is likely being terminated after two of the network's most prominent female journalists said he harassed them.

The nation's most watched news network -- and, by far, the most conservative -- is in turmoil following reports that journalists Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly were subjected to harassment by Fox News president Roger Ailes.

Following Carlson's recent lawsuit that claimed Ailes denied her promotions, ignored office sexism, and ultimately fired her because she wouldn't sleep with him, Fox launched an internal investigation into the charges. During the investigation, Fox News superstar Megyn Kelly said Ailes harassed her too, according to a report in New York magazine. Kelly described Ailes making unwanted sexual advances toward her when the former attorney began her career at Fox News a decade ago.

With the recent claims by Kelly -- one of the network's biggest stars, especially after she brazenly challenged Donald Trump's misogyny during the Republican debates last year -- Fox executives are ready to cut Ailes loose, according to reports. Lachlan and James Murdoch, executives at Fox parent News Corp., have long wanted the conservative Ailes out and have now jumped at the opportunity. Ailes needs to quit by August 1 or will be fired, according to New York.

Kelly has not commented publicly on the internal investigation or her history with Ailes. Embattled Ailes -- accused of harassment by other women prior to Carlson and Kelly -- has refuted the recent accusations.

"Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly," Ailes attorney Susan Estrich said in a statement. "In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him."

[RELATED: Is This the Beginning of the End of Roger Ailes's Fox News Empire?]

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