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Roger Ailes resigns as Fox News CEO

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Roger Ailes resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News Thursday, after days of speculation as to his future with the network after a sexual harassment was filed against him by a former anchor, 21st Century Fox said.

21st Century Fox co-chairman Rupert Murdoch will take over as CEO and chairman of the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, the company said.

"Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years," Murdoch said in a statement.

Ailes, 76, was accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed earlier this month by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.

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