Roger Ailes, polarizing Fox News founder forced out by scandal, dies at 77 – Los Angeles Times

Roger Ailes, founder and longtime head of Fox News, died Thursday morning at 77, according to a statement released by his wife.

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” Elizabeth Ailes 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.”

The former Fox News chairman was credited with making the channel a ratings powerhouse over his 20 years at the helm. The right-wing channel is divisive, though, and Ailes’ personal legacy was clouded by allegations of sexual harassment.

“No one did more to change the media landscape than Roger Ailes, but no media executive did more to divide America,” said Joe Peyronnin, a former network news executive who worked for Fox before Ailes was hired to launch the news channel.

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