Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

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A statement on Tuesday came amidst a swirl of contradictory reports that Ailes had been ousted as head of the influential network. FILE - In this September 29, 2006 file photo, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in NY. 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.

In a series of messages, Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted tributes to his onetime boss, saying he was "like a second father".

Ailes is credited for making Fox into arguably the most influential news channel in the United States and a major mouthpiece for right-wing USA politics ever since its creation in 1996. "He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape, single-handedly for the better". A second family friend also reportedly told Sherman that Ailes allegedly "fell in Palm Beach and had a blood clot from the fall".

Ailes helped found Fox News in 1996.

Ailes was famous for his shrewd leadership of Fox, including his focus on airing conservative opinions and hiring anchors and reporters with big personalities.

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In his later years, Ailes was plagued by a series of high-profile sexual harassment lawsuits and allegations that ultimately led to the end of his career at Fox News.

He later worked for other Republican leaders, from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Sherman, who wrote a biography of Ailes titled The Loudest Voice In The Room, also spoke to Terry back in 2014, when his book was first published. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Ailes served as an adviser for his longtime friend, President Donald Trump. Twenty-First Century Fox noted in a recent quarterly report that it paid $45 million in settlements related to sexual harassment allegations against Ailes.

"Deeply saddened by death of Roger Ailes".

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