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Roger Ailes may be let go from Fox this week: Report

Fox comments on reports about Roger Ailes' future

Roger Ailes days at Fox News may be numbered, according to a new report.

According to New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer, two sources claim 21st Century Fox co-Chairmen Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch will remove Ailes from his current post of chairman and CEO of Fox News.

James, in particular, believes that Ailes should be asked to resign or be fired this week, the sources added. The elder Murdoch and Lachlan are leaning toward making the move after the Republican convention.

Fox News did not respond to requests for comment. Parent company 21st Century Fox issued a statement, saying: "This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded."

Roger Ailes, then-chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations.
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Ailes is currently embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought forward by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who previously hosted "Fox & Friends" and most recently hosted "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson." She alleged that she was let go from the network on June 23 because she would not have sex with the executive. Carlson cited several examples, including Ailes allegedly saying "I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better."

Lawyers for Carlson did not comment on the story, but her spokesperson Allan Ripp said "Gretchen's lawsuit continues and will continue no matter what happens to Roger Ailes status at Fox."

Ailes denied the claims in a statement, saying Carlson was filing a "retaliatory suit" because of the network not renewing her show due to "disappointingly low ratings."

21st Century Fox released a statement at the time saying though it had full confidence in Ailes, it would conduct an internal review.