On Friday morning’s edition of NBC’s Today, New York magazine journalist Gabriel Sherman — author of Roger Ailes biography The Loudest Voice in the Room — explained what some of the ousted Fox News CEO’s options might be going forward.
Answering speculation that Ailes might start a new network to rival his former employer, Sherman said, “He can’t start a rival network. As part of his severance agreement, he has a non-compete clause with Rupert Murdoch which bars him from entering the news business after leaving Fox.”
With regards to chatter that former Nixon aide Ailes may return to his political operative roots and sign on to the Trump campaign, Sherman said it was a possibility, but that Ailes’ reputation as a serial sexual harasser and predator would make for an awkward fit with a campaign that has already been accused of sexism and misogyny.
“There’s no deal in place,” Sherman said. “The question for Trump, though, is: Considering his issues with women, does he want to hire a media adviser who has just come out of a very public sexual harassment scandal?”