• FOX NEWS BOMBSHELL! Is Ailes Out? Who’s Going With Him?

    The Fox News empire is having what looks like a civil war. The titan of media has come under fire as sexual misconduct charges have been recently filed against him by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. Following that incident, another female anchor, Megyn Kelly, has added she didn’t like one of Mr. Ailes “hugs” ten years ago.

    Blood in the water…the Murdoch family seems to be taking the opportunity to oust Ailes.

    However, many of the on air talent are deeply devoted to Mr. Ailes and speculation has grown as to who might follow Roger Ailes out the door of Fox and onto some new competitive network.

    From Financial Times:

    Roger Ailes is heading for the exit at Fox News Channel, the cable network beloved by American conservatives, with Rupert Murdoch and his sons in agreement that he should leave amid allegations of sexual harassment.

    The timing and terms of the departure of the man who turned Fox News into a media and political powerhouse were unclear on Tuesday evening. Mr Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, the channel’s parent company, and Lachlan, his older son and co-chairman, would prefer to wait until after this week’s Republican convention, two people briefed on the matter told the Financial Times.

    James Murdoch, Mr Murdoch’s younger son and chief executive, was pushing for Mr Ailes to go as soon as possible, those people said.

    Late on Tuesday, the Drudge Report website said Mr Ailes had left Fox News with a $40m severance package. 21st Century Fox denied the report in a tweeted statement, saying: “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”

    Mr Ailes’ lawyer, Susan Estrich, told the Hollywood Reporter: “I’m not going to say it wasn’t somebody’s draft. All I can say is it doesn’t reflect the state of play at this time.” In 2012, the last year for which Mr Ailes’ pay was disclosed in the company’s proxy filing, he earned $21m, including a $5m salary.

    In a story set for its front page, the Murdoch-owned New York Post reported that Mr Ailes was out as chairman as of Tuesday night, citing sources.

    It doesn’t seem to be a question of…if Ailes will go…just when. Then the bigger questions are …Who will remain loyal to Ailes? And who will remain faithful to Fox?

    The likely departure of the former aide to Richard Nixon who defied the odds when he launched Fox News 20 years ago could present a big problem for the Murdochs. Three of Fox News’ biggest stars — Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to depart if Mr Ailes were to leave the network, the two people briefed on the dispute said.

    This means a core team of on-air talent could follow Mr Ailes out the door.

    Breitbart News is reporting that even more talent may walk out with Ailes due to a strong dislike of Megyn Kelly by other hosts:

    “Everyone here hates Gretchen and Megyn,” the talent said in a brief phone interview, adding that hosts from Fox and Friends and throughout the primetime lineup from the co-hosts of The Five to Special Report’s Bret Baier to Greta Van Susteren to Bill O’Reilly, Shepard Smith and Sean Hannity are planning to band together and potentially execute contract clauses that allow them to leave if Ailes is driven out.

     That being said, if this group—Baier, Hannity, Van Susteren, Smith and O’Reilly—can stick together and effectively negotiate as a bloc with whatever other resources and talent they have, they could strap together enough leverage to block Kelly. But that shows how powerful Kelly has become inside a network where most of her colleagues despise her.

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