• 07.19.16

Fox News denies giving Roger Ailes $40m to leave amid sexual harassment scandal [UPDATE]

Fox News don Roger Ailes has received a $40 million buyout after being forced out in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, according to the Drudge Report. The news was separately confirmed by the Daily Beast. 

Ailes has been under increasing fire in recent days, and it was previously reported that the longtime Fox News boss had been given until the beginning of August to resign or be fired. 

According to a document Drudge obtained, Ailes’s departure is official as of July 22, and includes a complicated compensation and bonus system that adds up to the massive payment. 

Drudge had tweeted the news on his personal Twitter account, which had just two tweets. Soon after, however, the tweet disappeared; the news now appears only on the front page of the Drudge Report.

Update, 5:08 p.m.: Fox is now denying reports that Ailes has been let go:

From the Daily Beast:

Fox initially confirmed Drudge’s report to The Daily Beast, and subsequently walked back that confirmation.

The Drudge Report, too, has tweaked the headline on its homepage, which now reads “Ailes FoxNews Drama” and includes the following statement:

Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly. In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.”