Fox News founder and former CEO Roger Ailes is dead, leaving members of the network stunned. Sean Hannity, Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others have taken to Twitter to express their condolences for losing a mentor. President Donald Trump, who took advice from Ailes during the campaign, has not commented yet.
While Ailes was a polarizing figure for many, as he effectively invented today’s partisan modern cable news landscape, Hannity wrote that America “lost one of its great patriotic leaders.”
“He saw something in me and many others he hired that we never saw in ourselves, and he forever changed the trajectory of thousands of peoples lives,” Hannity added.
The Five‘s Kimberly Guilfoyle sent her condolences to Ailes’ wife Elizabeth and their son Zachary.
A longtime Fox News executive wrote to New York Magazine journalist Gabriel Sherman that this was “such a sudden end to a complicated man.”
“He gave every one of us on this couch our opportunity,” Ainsley Earhardt said during Fox & Friends.
Here’s how Fox News reported the news:
Governor Mike Huckabee wrote:
Geraldo Rivera posted the following messages of condolence. Rivera worked with Ailes at CNBC and Fox News.
Bret Baier added:
Juliet Huddy wrote:
Former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, who is now at MSNBC, wrote:
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News, wrote:
“Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved by the death of Roger Ailes. A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America’s media over the last thirty years. He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted. Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have. In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs. At 21st Century Fox we will always be enormously grateful for the great business he built. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elizabeth and son Zachary.”