Roger Ailes’ widow lays waste to Murdoch family while wishing hubby a ‘Happy Heavenly Birthday’

The widow of the late Roger Ailes took to Twitter on Monday to wish her husband a “happy heavenly birthday”

The former chairman and CEO of Fox News died in 2017 at the age of 77, after suffering a fall at his home in Florida. Ailes’ death came less than a year after he resigned from his position at the network in response to sexual harassment claims levied by several female employees.

“Happy Heavenly Birthday Roger Ailes. It took you 20 years to build Fox News into the powerhouse that it was and only 6 years for the Murdochs to wreak havoc,” his widow tweeted. “Rupert thought he could do your job. What a joke. He has the checkbook but could never come close to your genius. RIP.”

Interestingly, of all people, Megyn Kelly has been complimentary of Ailes’ abilities as a broadcaster and his skill to develop on-air talent. Kelly sued Ailes for unwanted sexual advances and while her attitudes in that regard have not softened much, she was able to recognize that Ailes established Fox News as the dominant cable news network in a recent episode of her popular podcast while noting how thin the bench is at the network in the absence of Tucker Carlson.

Kelly called Carlson’s recent ouster a “terrible move by Fox,” and suggested that there is little doubt that patriarch Rupert Murdoch signed off on it if he didn’t orchestrate the departure himself.

Fox News has still not given an official reason for nixing Carlson, but there are a growing number of reports that it was linked to the network’s $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems.

The beginning of the end for Ailes was when former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him in 2016, claiming he canceled her show when she rebuffed his advances.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter that center more on Ailes’ contributions at Fox News than his failings:


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