It’s been a really bad month for Fox News, with Gretchen Carlson currently suing her former boss, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment. Numerous Fox News anchors have come out in defense of their boss, but Megyn Kelly, one of the network’s most popular anchors, has been oddly silent about the issue. Now we know why: New York Magazine is reporting that Kelly told investigators that Ailes made sexual advances towards her a decade ago.
Carlson’s original claims have sparked a wide investigation into Ailes’ organization. The law firm in charge of the investigation, Paul, Weiis, is seeking to interview former female Fox anchors as well as investigate whether or not Ailes forced prominent Fox News team members to defend him.
Kelly’s statements are likely part of the reason the Murdochs have decided to remove Ailes from his position at the conservative news organization. Kelly is one of the most popular hosts on Fox News and is currently renegotiating her contract. Fox News icon Bill O’Reilly is considering retirement, and many consider Kelly to be the future of the network.
Sources close to Fox News have said that the Murdochs have given Ailes a resignation deadline of August 1st. If he does not resign by that time, he will be fired. Ailes’ legal team has not yet commented on this recent development. It has also been reported that Ailes is being advised by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
We can’t confirm that Trump is advising Ailes, but so far Ailes’ strategy seems right up Trump’s alley. Ailes is currently attacking Kelly and is supposedly pressuring others from Fox News to do the same.
The Daily Beast reported that many within the network were attacking Kelly for not standing up for her boss. Some, such as an anonymous friend of Kelly’s, assumed the longtime anchor was simply trying to stay out of the whole raffia as she renegotiates her contract.
‘Sometimes keeping your own counsel is the right thing to do, as long as you’re not being pressured to jump on the boss’s bandwagon and be rah-rah. Just go about your work, maintain your equilibrium, and be quiet. Megyn is the most visible star on the network, so keeping her head down is probably just fine.’
Despite these claims against Ailes and the reports of his impending forced resignation, many prominent Fox News personalities have come out in defense of their boss. O’Reilly, who was accused of sexual assault in 2004, told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers that Ailes is “the best boss I’ve ever had.”
‘I worked for Roger Ailes for 20 years. Best boss I ever had. Straight shooter. Always honest with me. And I believe that over the years he’s been in the business—for 50 years—95 percent of the people that worked for Roger Ailes would say exactly the same thing that I just told you…I stand behind Roger 100 percent.’
Ultimately, it’s unlikely that this will be the end of Fox News, but it’s certainly looking like the end of an era for the conservative news network.