|Ohio University ends its ties to Roger Ailes.|
The folks of Athens, Ohio once thanked now disgraced Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for his huge contributions to Ohio University. It's revealed that Ailes was accused of sexually harassing female employees. Former anchors Gretchen Carlson and Andrea Tantaros filed a federal lawsuit against Ailes.
Ailes on his part denies any involvement in any wrongdoing. But the fallout is big especially at his alma mater. His old school decided to end its relationship with him.
Ohio University has now decided that Ailes isn't the perfect role model for its students. They have formally returned the $500,000 donation and removed his name from the newsroom he put millions of dollars in.
OU President Roderick McDavis announced the action Monday during a Faculty Senate meeting, the student newspaper The Post reported. The letters of Ailes' name were taken down before the meeting ended, and a wooden board was placed over the space soon after, the newspaper reported.
"The distraction from the teaching of the Scripps College of Communication has weighed heavily on my mind as I deliberated over the sustained effect on our university community should we continue to have our newsroom named for Mr. Ailes," McDavis said, according to the report. "Given the allegations against Mr. Ailes, the circumstances surrounding his departure from Fox News, I've decided to return his gift and remove his name."
"Ohio University ignited my interest in broadcasting, which became my lifetime career," Ailes said in 2007.
Tom Hodson, the director and general manager of WOUB, said in an email to The Post that WOUB is "pleased" with McDavis' decision.
Robert Stewart, director of E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, said in an email to The Post he was "glad (the journalism school) can finally move on."
"I applaud President McDavis' decision," Stewart said in an email. "The controversy has helped shine a spotlight on the ongoing problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, but it's a relief to have the name and plaque removed."
21st Century Fox and News Corp paid out Gretchen nearly $20 million in damages.
Greta Van Susteren abruptly was fired out the cannon after spending over 15 years with the network.
Ailes is now putting a bug in Donald Trump's ear.