Roger Ailes Dead: News Industry Reacts

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Roger Ailes Dead Reactions

By Andrew Shuster

Roger Ailes Dead Reactions

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Roger Ailes, founder and former CEO of Fox News, has died. He was 77. Many figures in the news industry are now reacting on Twitter to media mogul’s passing. See tweets below.

Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed her husband’s passing in a statement. “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” she said. “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.”

Many Fox News personalities are mourning the death of their former boss. Sean Hannity wrote a series of tweets dedicated to Ailes. The first two said, “Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. Roger Ailes. For Decades RA’s has impacted American politics and media… He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better.” And Geraldo Rivera wrote, “RIP #RogerAiles one of the most impt broadcasters in history-The genius who created #FoxNews -a good friend, who loved his family & country.”

Meanwhile, Lou Dobbs offered, “Roger Ailes died this morning, our deepest sympathies to Beth and his son Zach. Roger was a media genius, good friend and great American.” Laura Ingraham expressed, “Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history. I will miss his friendship dearly. RIP.” And Brit Hume tweeted, “Terribly sad news. R.I.P.”

Todd Starnes wrote, “Roger Ailes was a great American patriot. May the Lord comfort you, Beth and Zachary.” Rick Leventhal conveyed, “RIP Roger Ailes, who 20 yrs ago gave me a chance to thrive @ the fledgling Fox News Channel. Thoughts & prayers for Elizabeth & Zachary.” And Bret Baier added, “Love and prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger – you changed television as we know it.”

Additionally, “The View” co-host Jedediah Bila offered “condolences to the Ailes family.” Alex Jones, host of the radio show “Infowars,” said, “Rodger Ailes Dead! RIP founder of modern talk radio and Fox News. Say what you want but we stand on his shoulders.” And CNN commentator David Axelrod noted, “I knew Ailes. Competed against him in campaigns. Railed against him many times. But appreciated our frank, backchannel conversations.”

Russell Simmons tweeted, “Sorry to hear about the passing of Roger Ailes. He and I shared many laughs He was always very nice to me and I counted him as a friend.” Al Sharpton wrote, “I’ve known Roger Ailes for over 30 years. We’ve fought, debated and exchanged war stories. He had real passion and a master strategist for what he believed. We didn’t agree on much and I protested him many times. However his impact on US Culture is undeniable. He is a study!” And finally, Alec Baldwin had a message for those on Twitter celebrating the death of the controversial news figure. “Don’t dance on Ailes’ grave,” the actor wrote. “He has children. And all men come to the same end.” Gossip Cop will update.

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