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TV Exec Who Discovered Roger Ailes Is Facing Sexual Harassment Claims

27 June 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The legendary TV executive who gave Roger Ailes his start, and much later produced a show on Fox News, announced on Tuesday that attorney Lisa Bloom is threatening to sue him for sexual harassment.

Woody Fraser, the 82-year-old creator of “The Mike Douglas Show” and many other programs, is attempting to turn the tables on Bloom by preemptively announcing that she is targeting him. According to Fraser, two women have hired the attorney and demanded a significant sum to make the allegations go away. He said they have threatened to go public within the next few days.

“I do not possess the financial resources demanded by Ms. Bloom to prevent a media circus,” Fraser said in a statement. “So, instead, I am going to take away the hammer of publicity and am letting the public know that these unfounded claims are about to be aired publicly, including an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes.' »

- Gene Maddaus

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Roger Ailes Leaves Long Shadow at Fox With Complicated Legacy

23 May 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Even some of Roger Ailes’ closest friends and admirers admit that the man routinely described as “larger than life” has left a complicated legacy.

There’s no disputing that Ailes, who died May 18 at 77, turned Fox News Channel into a political and cultural force, generating outsize profits for Rupert Murdoch’s empire along the way. But his personal indiscretions and attitudes shaped in the “Mad Men” era of workplace culture proved to be his professional undoing. The state of Fox News today, 10 months after Ailes’ abrupt exit, reflects the essential conflict of its founder. He was undeniably one of the most influential, innovative and successful media mavens of the past 50 years. He was also the highest-ranking media executive to have been taken down by a sexual harassment lawsuit.

“It’s all so complicated. Everything here was and is … as he was,” longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith said of Ailes during an emotional on-air tribute. Smith »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Love Him or Hate Him, Roger Ailes Built the Silos We All Live In

18 May 2017 2:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The moment that would change American news and politics forever took place in a makeup room of “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1967. Richard Nixon was commenting on how ridiculous it was that he had to appear on daytime TV shows, and young Roger Ailes spoke up. “If you think that TV is ridiculous you’re never going to become president,'” Ailes told Nixon, according to Nixon biographer Rick Pearlstein. “Nixon said, ‘This is my guy,’ and pretty soon he was working for Nixon.” It took courage for Ailes, then a 26-year-old producer, to say something so bluntly harsh to a presidential candidate. »

- Brian Flood

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All About the Late Fox News Chief Roger Ailes’ Stunning Fall amid Widespread Harassment Accusations

18 May 2017 9:37 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He was the shrewd political operative who understood the powerful connection between television and populism, and went on to create a news network so successful many credit him with helping to elect the current president of the United States.

But in the end, a widespread sexual harassment scandal nearly overshadowed his legacy — and led to his removal from the cable news network that was nearly synonymous with the name Roger Ailes.

Ailes, who founded Fox News in 1996, died Thursday morning at age 77 after complications from a fall. He leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, and son Zachary.

Born into blue collar roots in Ohio, »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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The Evolution of Roger Ailes, From ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ to Fox News Innovator (Photos)

18 May 2017 6:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Born and raised in Ohio, Roger Ailes attended Ohio University as a young man, where he majored in radio and television. During his time there, he served as station manager for the university’s Woub radio station for two years. Ailes worked his way up to executive producer on the syndicated daytime talk show “The Mike Douglas Show,” which began as a local program in Cleveland before expanding nationwide. In 1968, Ailes was nominated for an Emmy when “The Mike Douglas Show” was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming, ultimately losing to NBC’s “Today” show. After first meeting Richard Nixon on the set. »

- Reid Nakamura

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