Former Fox News boss Roger Ailes died yesterday, after he fell and hit his head at his home in Palm Beach, Florida last week. He was 77 years old. Ailes suffered from hemophilia, which contributed to his death. There were no signs of foul play.
Roger’s career in TV stretched more than five decades. He was a producer for “The Mike Douglas Show” in the ’60s, and produced TV appearances for Richard Nixon.
He later served as a consultant to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Ailes was president of CNBC when he left to found Fox News in 1996, where he helped launch the careers of several journalists, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Megyn Kelly.
He resigned last summer after former host Gretchen Carlson accused him of sexual harassment. O’Reilly was forced out soon after, thanks to his own sexual harassment scandal.
Several journalists and politicians paid tribute to him, including George W. Bush who said, “He wasn’t perfect, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him. Not sure I would have been President without his great talent, loyal help. RIP.”
Check out more, here. Shepard Smith and Sean Hannity paid tribute to Ailes on the air yesterday.