Roger Ailes is leaving his post as chairman and CEO of Fox News following a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.
85-year-old Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News’ parent company 21st Century Fox, will take on the role of chairman and acting CEO now that Ailes has stepped down.
In a statement, Murdoch said that he is “personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice.”
Ailes’ departure ends his 20-year run with the channel, which he founded in 1996. Earlier this month, longtime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson left Fox News before filing a lawsuit against Ailes, accusing him of firing her because she refused his sexual advances. Ailes denied the charges but 21st Century Fox began an internal investigation of the matter.