Megyn Kelly & Roger Ailes: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in 2000. He is being accused of making unwanted sexual advances on host Megyn Kelly. (Getty)


Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes allegedly sexually harassed host Megyn Kelly, a new report states. New York Magazine reported this on top of former host Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against the executive.

Ailes, 76, might be let go from Fox this week, sources say. Through his attorney, he has denied any wrongdoing, saying, “Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly,” Estrich said. “In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.”

Here’s what you need to know about the Kelly allegations and her relationship with Ailes.


1. New York Magazine Reports Ailes Sexually Harassed Kelly, Citing Sources

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Sources say Ailes sexually harassed Megyn Kelly. (Getty)

Two sources told investigators Ailes “made unwanted sexual advances” toward Kelly “about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox,” the magazine reports. “Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail,” it reports.

The magazine doesn’t name its sources: Instead, it says the two were “briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe. 21st Century Fox did not comment.

The report also states Ailes could be on his way out. His bosses, co-chairmen Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch are reportedly giving “Ailes a deadline of August 1 to resign or face being fired for cause,” it reports.


2. Kelly Hasn’t Publicly Supported Ailes

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Host Megyn Kelly talks during a Fox News debate. Kelly was allegedly harassed by CEO Roger Ailes, according to New York Magazine sources. (Getty)


Kelly has been “conspicuously mum” on the Ailes harassment allegations outlined by former host Carlson, the New York Daily News’ Don Kaplan writes. Where other female Fox employees, like 73-year-old Marsha Callahan, and Kellie Boyle, 54, have outed Ailes publicly, Kelly has not said anything.

Greta Van Sustern and Jeanine Pirro have supported Ailes, as has Neil Cavuto, who defended Ailes’ character in an opinion article in Business Insider.

Van Sustern told People magazine: “Of course, the first thing that occurred to me is that, unfortunately, we have a disgruntled employee, a colleague,” she said. “I read that her show wasn’t being renewed and , being a lawyer, I thought she got angry. I deal with Roger Ailes often. I’ve often been alone with Roger Ailes in his office over the course of 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like what I’m reading about in the papers and the magazine.”

One of the reasons of her silence, however, might be her contract talks. The Daily News’ Kaplan writes: “he’s negotiating a new deal with Fox and talking to other networks about a potential new job. so anything she says, or doesn’t say, can have an impact on her career and her reportedly $15 million salary.”


3. Kelly Has Said She Likes Working for Ailes

Kelly said in an interview with More Magazine that she enjoyed working for Ailes. He defended her at times, publicly, when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized her.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” More reported her saying. “I’ve had a great 12 years here, and I really like working for Roger Ailes. I really like my show, and I love my team. But you know, there’s a lot of brain damage that comes from the job. There was probably less brain damage when I worked in the afternoon.”

“I think it’s been hard on [Fox News CEO Roger Ailes], too,” Kelly said about the Trump bout. “He can see what happens in my life when Trump starts off. He really wants him to stop, but on the other hand, he’s not going to run a news channel that doesn’t provide access to the Republican frontrunner for president.”

In the New York Magazine online piece, Kelly’s agent Matthew DelPiano at CAA did not respond to requests for comment about the harassment charges.


Ailes Criticized Trump for Badgering Kelly

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Megyn Kelly at the Time gala. Ailes has publicly defended her against Trump. (Getty)


In an interview with AdWeek, Ailes railed against Trump when he blasted Kelly, asking Trump, “What the hell is wrong with you?”

Trump and Kelly’s spat began during an Aug. 6 GOP presidential primary debate, and Trump called Kelly a “bimbo” afterward on Twitter.

Ailes defended Kelly, releasing a statement that read: “Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise,” Ailes said in a statement at the time,” Politico reports.


5. Kelly Has Discussed Blonde, Sexual Perception at Ailes’ Fox

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Kelly posed for GQ in 2010, where the magazine notes the host became “a favorite” of the CEO — long before she had her own show on primetime.

Kelly told the magazine she got her job at Fox after sending in her tape to Brit Hume’s wife, Kim. Then, in response to a question about a glass desk, Kelly said: “Well, it’s a visual business. People want to see the anchor.”

PolitiFact found that “about half” of Ailes’ Fox News anchors or hosts are blonde.