Fox News hosts react to resignation of Roger Ailes: 'I am heartbroken he is gone'

Roger AilesDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesRoger Ailes outside Fox’s studios in Manhattan earlier in July.

High-profile Fox News hosts reacted with sadness to longtime CEO Roger Ailes’ resignation on Thursday amid sexual harassment allegations.

In an email to Business Insider, shortly after Ailes’ resignation on Thursday, longtime Fox News host Chris Wallace said that he was saddened by Ailes’ departure, but was heartened by 21st Century Fox executive Rupert Murdoch’s decision to appoint himself the acting chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel.

“In almost 50 years in the news business, Roger Ailes is the best boss I have ever had,” Wallace wrote.

“I admire him professionally. And I love him personally. I am heartbroken he is gone. Roger and Rupert came up with the concept of Fox News 20 years ago. I can’t think of a better person to keep Fox News on track than Rupert.”

Former host and current senior political analyst Brit Hume tweeted that he was saddened:

Standing outside the Fox News studio at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, several reporters caught up with other longtime Fox hosts, who expressed disappointment at Ailes’ departure.

Ailes resignation comes weeks after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson claimed that she was fired from her show for rebuffing the CEO’s sexual advances.

In a court filing earlier this month, Carlson’s lawyers alleged that Ailes told her that the two “should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago” and called her a “man-hater” after she criticised her former “Fox and Friends” colleagues over demeaning jokes.

New York magazine reported earlier this week that Lachlan and James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox’s respective executive chairman and CEO, decided to let Ailes go after multiple women at the network told internal investigators that the former CEO sexually harrassed them.

It’s unclear whether Ailes’ departure will effect the network’s current lineup, though prominent hosts like Bret Baier, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly among others have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to leave now that Ailes has resigned.

A number of Fox personalities have comes to the former CEO’s defence following Carlson’s lawsuit.

In an op-ed article published by Business Insider earlier this month, longtime Fox Business host Neil Cavuto characterised Carlson’s accusations as “sick.”

“I’ve never seen it. I’ve never witnessed it. Not even hints of it,” Cavuto said.

He added, noting his multiple sclerosis: “Take it from a guy with an illness: These accusations that don’t remotely resemble the Roger that I know — that WE know — are just sick.”

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