Conflicting reports on Tuesday afternoon suggested that Roger Ailes has either agreed to stepping down as CEO of Fox News or was on the way to doing so.
The Daily Beast initially reported that the conservative network confirmed Ailes’ departure following a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him by former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson. Ailes has reportedly called for that case to be brought to an arbitrator, rather than a regular court proceeding.
NPR, citing two unnamed sources, also reported that Ailes was out. In addition, Business Insider reported that conservative blogger Matt Drudge deleted a tweet showing what he called a separation agreement between the network and Ailes, which can be seen below:
DRUDGE just deleted this tweet with the Ailes/Fox terms of separation agreement pic.twitter.com/usn4ZoIPOn
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) July 19, 2016
However, according to the Huffington Post, the network later “walked back” its initial statement. And CNN host Brian Stelter said that a spokesperson for Rupert Murdoch told him, “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”
Stelter later said that, according to his source, “exit talks ARE underway but are not yet complete.”