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Fox News boss Roger Ailes 'has resigned' but network won't confirm

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Fox News boss Roger Ailes 'has resigned' but network won't confirm Confusion is mounting over whether Roger Ailes has already resigned from his position as the head of Fox News. Reports surfaced that the Fox News CEO and chairman had resigned on Tuesday afternoon, after Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report published photos of a $40million separation agreement. But not long after, Drudge deleted the tweet and changed the headline on the story to the more vague 'Ailes Fox News Drama'. A Fox News source also walked back an initial confirmation to the Daily Beast that Ailes had indeed stepped down. Within hours parent company 21st Century Fox released a statement saying, 'Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.' Multiple outlets are now reporting that Ailes' department is practically a done deal. The Financial Times reports that Rupert Murdoch and his two sons James and Lachlan, owners of Fox News, want Ailes out as soon as possible. Sources that spoke to the newspaper say that Rupert and Lachlan would prefer to wait until the end of the GOP convention on Thursday to announce the decision. James Murdoch is the chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox and Chairman of Sky plc., while his older brother Lachlan is the executive chairman of Nova Entertainment and the executive co-chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox. The FT also reports that some of Fox News' top talent, including Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren could leave with Ailes, as all three have clauses in their contracts that let them out if Ailes were to leave the network. The New York Times is also reporting that Ailes and the network are in 'advanced' stages of his departure talks. Sources tell the newspaper say there is a possibility Ailes may stay on as a consultant for the channel. Ailes is the founding CEO of the company, a position he has held for the past twenty years. Sources who spoke to New York Magazine said that lawyers for the 21st Century Fox gave Ailes the option to resign from the company before August 1 or they would fire him. The New York Magazine reporter, Gabriel Sherman, has also tweeted that 'Ailes is huddled with advisers in "full on crazy mode." He's furious that Megyn Kelly is now being credited with his ouster.' He added, 'Sources on both sides of Ailes and 21CF negotiations say situation is v fluid. One person speculates he could try to fire Megyn tonight!' The parent company of Fox news started an investigation into Ailes less than two weeks ago, when former Fox host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. The apparently pre-mature reports of Ailes' resignation come just hours after yet another report surfaced, claiming that Ailes' star female anchor Megyn Kelly had joined the chorus of employees making sexual harassment claims against him. But an attorney for Ailes released an impassioned denial. 'Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly,' Susan Estrich wrote in a statement. 'In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him.' 'Roger Ailes has never sexually harassed Megyn Kelly. In fact, he has spent much of the last decade promoting and helping her to achieve the stardom she earned, for which she has repeatedly and publicly thanked him,' the statement reads. The move to oust Ailes is likely being influenced by Kelly's ongoing contract negotiations with the network. The two sources who spoke with New York Magazine's Sherman say Kelly told lawyers during her interview that she had been the target of unwanted sexual advances from Ailes about 10 years ago, when she was working as a legal correspondent at the network's Washington, DC bureau. The news is perhaps surprising since Kelly has described Ailes as a 'mentor' and a 'friend' in the past. But it wasn't altogether unforeseen. K...