Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, and studied radio and television production at Ohio University, according to Fox News.
In a 12-minute monologue, Smith recalled the biggest moments in his 20-plus year relationship with Ailes, noting their close familial bond and the unwavering support given to Smith - as well as other Fox anchors - during trying and heartbreaking assignments such as the Columbine shooting and the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Conservative broadcaster and economics adviser to President Trump Larry Kudlow was on WLS Thursday morning reacting to news that former FOX News CEO Roger Ailes had died. He really revolutionized television and television news and the world of politics.
The report said a 77-year-old man - presumably Ailes - was reported to have fallen and hit his head at 1:49 p.m.
The former aide to President Nixon started Fox News in 1996. Fox news was widely known to be a haven for right-wingers, and everyone knew it. Ailes was feared and respected for what he could do for a Republican candidate or political figure, which made Fox News even more valuable.
"He was interested for a while, and then he renewed with Fox, but I think we certainly are carrying the legacy of having more fairness and balance in the media, which is the important thing", he said. "He was a genius".More news: Boko Haram releases 82 Chibok girls
"Regardless of the dark sides of his character, I can tell you - and I'm sure you guys have stories - fiercely loyal", Joe Scarborough said.
Details are emerging about an accident Roger Ailes suffered in Florida a few days before died.
"To say that Roger Ailes led a full life is a massive understatement".
Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted tributes to his onetime boss in a series of messages. The result - "I will not make age an issue of this campaign; I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience" - was one of the most memorable lines in the history of presidential debates. "RIP", Ingraham wrote on Twitter. What many will remember as the network lives on are the people in positions of power who covered it up. "In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".
Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company previous year, died Thursday morning at age 77.
He also worked on the campaign of Ronald Reagan, and has been credited with guiding George H.W. Bush to victory.
Ailes also reportedly clashed with James and Lachlan Murdoch, the sons of 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, sometimes over personal matters and sometimes over political coverage.
Ailes stepped down from his Fox post in July 2016 following sexual harassment charges, claims which he denied.