Fox News don Roger Ailes has received a $40 million buyout after being forced out in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, according to the Drudge Report. The news was separately confirmed by the Daily Beast.
Ailes has been under increasing fire in recent days, and it was previously reported that the longtime Fox News boss had been given until the beginning of August to resign or be fired.
According to a document Drudge obtained, Ailes's departure is official as of July 22, and includes a complicated compensation and bonus system that adds up to the massive payment.
Update, 5:08 p.m.: Fox is now denying reports that Ailes has been let go:
21CF statement: Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.— 21st Century Fox (@21CF) July 19, 2016
From the Daily Beast:
Fox initially confirmed Drudge's report to The Daily Beast, and subsequently walked back that confirmation.
The Drudge Report, too, has tweaked the headline on its homepage, which now reads "Ailes FoxNews Drama" and includes the following statement:
"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."