Donald Trump on Roger Ailes' ' exit: ' So unfortunate '.

Roger Ailes in 105 seconds
Donald Trump states Roger Ailes’ forced exit from Fox News is “so unfortunate.” The GOP candidate for president called the Fox News mastermind, his long time pal, “such a fantastic person” in an interview with Mark Halperin for the Showtime documentary series “The Circus.” Trump was not asked what he thought of the accusations of sexual harassment by Ailes. In the wake of a harassment claim submitted by ex-anchor Gretchen Carlson, numerous other ladies have actually stepped forward to talk to private investigators. The heads of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, identified that Ailes must step down from the channel he developed Twenty Years ago. Ailes resigned under pressure on Thursday, efficient immediately. Provided Ailes’ previous work as a Republican political expert, and provided the fact that he and Trump have actually known each other for years, there was immediate speculation that the 2 men may start working together. Ailes and Trump speak routinely by phone, and sources stated they counseled each other recently, as Trump was preparing for his RNC acceptance speech and Ailes was preparing to resign. Related: Can Rupert Murdoch steer Fox News? The possibility of Ailes encouraging Trump more formally was not raised by Halperin. But Trump revealed his trademark commitment to friends in the interview, saying of Ailes, “What he’s done on television, remains in the history of television, he’s got ta be placed in the top three, or 4 or five. And that consists of the starting of the major networks.” “So, it’s regrettable,” Trump said. He included, “I make sure it got along. I know Rupert. He’s a terrific man. Rupert has terrific regard for Roger and everything Roger’s done.” Leaks to the media about Ailes’ imminent departure made the separation appear hostile. Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who passed control of 21st Century Fox (FOX) to his children James and Lachlan last year, is acting as acting CEO of Fox News now. Rupert Murdoch was roughly critical of Trump in 2014. However in recent months, Murdoch has actually been openly encouraging of the prospect. Ailes might continue to encourage Murdoch in the coming months, though the function has actually been explained by sources as pro forma. Fox News has actually been an essential outlet for Trump. In recent weeks he has actually given TELEVISION interviews almost solely to Fox hosts, avoiding channels like CNN and NBC. Related: Roger Ailes is out. Now come the aftershocks Trump’s interview with Halperin, taped on Friday, occurred on the same day that the Washington Post published brand-new claims of harassment by Ailes. An intern who quickly interned at Fox in 2002 informed the Post that Ailes propositioned her and grabbed her butts. In addition, the New york city Times and New york city publication published damning stories about Fox’s workplace culture on Saturday. Previously this month, prior to some of the new claims of harassment surfaced, Trump expressed assistance for Ailes. When asked them about Carlson’s claims by the Washington Inspector, Trump stated, “I believe they are unproven simply based on what I have actually read.”

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