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Reports: Fox News chief to leave after harassment claims

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>> The days of Roger Ailes as the head of the news kingdom he built appear to be over. Ailes, arguably the most powerful man in the TV news business as the head of Fox News since its inception two decades ago, is on his way out the door according to several media reports.
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>> I'm Reuters reporter Conway Gittens in New York. Fox News parents, 21st Century Fox issuing a statement, trying to regain control of the story. They issued the statement on Tweeter saying quote, Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.
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But that isn't stopping the stream of headlines that Ailes is out. Allegations of sexual harassment have been swirling around Ailes for weeks which started with a lawsuit by former top anchor Gretchen Carlson. But boss Rupert Murdock and two sons Lochlin and James, have reportedly had enough of the bad publicity after investigators sat down with the network's biggest star, Megyn Kelly.
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Kelly, according to details reported by New York Magazine, told investigators that she was sexually harassed by Ailes, about ten years ago. Kelly's accusations are the most damning yet. While many women have come out of the woodwork, to say they too, were sexually harassed by Ailes, no one rises to the starpower of Kelly.
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Ailes ousting comes at a most inopportune time for Fox News. The Republican National Convention is underway, which puts Fox in the spotlight just as much as any political candidate. The problem now is that spotlight will actually be on Fox's scandal at the top, instead of its coverage on the air.