Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes dead at 77

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York

Roger Ailes resigned as CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations in July 2016 after sexual harassment allegations from Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and others.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon). FILE - In this July 24, 2006 file photo, Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News, listens as anchor Shepard Smith, seen on screens in front and behind him, as Smith talks to the audience via satellite from I.

His wife issued to following statement Thursday morning. "Many of these talented journalists have deservedly become household names known for their intelligence and strength, whether reporting the news, fair and balanced, and offering exciting opinions on our opinion programs".

Ailes died Thursday morning at age 77. "Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many", Ailes wrote in a statement published on The Drudge Report. "He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back", her statement reads.

Ailes, who reshaped television news over five decades in the TV and entertainment industry, was 77.

Murdoch led tributes to the late Fox News chairman, hailing what he called his "huge role in shaping America's media". "He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape, single-handedly for the better".

Ailes was famous for his shrewd leadership of Fox, including his focus on airing conservative opinions and hiring anchors and reporters with big personalities.

The architect of Fox News was also close to President Trump, to whom he gave a weekly slot on Fox & Friends - a show that the president has regularly touted in his tweets from the White House. Twenty-First Century Fox noted in a recent quarterly report that it paid $45 million in settlements related to sexual harassment allegations against Ailes.

A miniseries about Ailes, titled Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes, was already in the works at Showtime, based in part of Sherman's book.

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