Ailes steps down as Fox News CEO after sexual harassment lawsuit

July 21, 2016 9:57 PM

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Ailes steps down as Fox News CEO after sexual harassment lawsuit

Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, stepped down Thursday, a startling fall from grace for one of the most powerful figures in American journalism.

The resignation, effective immediately, was announced by the network's parent company, 21st Century Fox. Two weeks ago, Ailes was sued for sexual harassment by Gretchen Carlson, a former host of Fox & Friends who left the company last month when her contract wasn't renewed.

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