Shocking new report chronicles ex-FOX News CEO Roger Ailes' fall from power

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New York magazine on Friday morning published an end-of-summer, long-form story chronicling the fall from power of former FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

Ailes was forced to resign from his position in July after former host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment.

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Since the lawsuit was filed, other women have come forward to make similar claims, including estranged host Andrea Tantaros, who also filed a lawsuit.

Gabriel Sherman, a New York magazine reporter who dominated the story but is critical of Ailes, opened up his Friday piece writing: "It took 15 days to end the mighty 20-year reign of Roger Ailes at FOX News, one of the most storied runs in media and political history."

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: In this handout photo provided by FOX News, FOX News Channel Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is photographed November 13, 2015 at the networks Manhattan headquarters New York City. (Photo by Wesley Mann/FOX News via Getty Images)
Bill O'Reilly, tv columnist, at left, shown here with Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX tv at the Radio & TV Correspondents annual dinner held at the Washington Hilton. (Photo by Susan Biddle/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
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385602 07: Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, right, testifies during a hearing on election night 2000 coverage by the networks before the House committee on energy and commerce February 14, 2001 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C. Heads of major news organizations have converged on Capitol Hill to testify before Congress, explaining the mistaken calls made on Election Night and promising changes to prevent further errors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 25: Chairman and CEO of the Fox News Network Roger Ailes participates in the 'America's Best Leaders: How do they lead? Where are they taking us?' National Issues Briefing hosted by U.S. News and World Report October 25, 2005 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The talk was held in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images for U.S. News and World Report)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: (L-R) Variety Editor Peter Bart and Producer Roger Ailes attend a cocktail party hosted by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Miramax Books to celebrate Peter Bart's new book ''BOFFO'' on June 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 24: Chairman & CEO, FOX News Roger Ailes from 'Fox News' speaks onstage during the 2006 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour for the FOX Broadcasting Company at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on July 24, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Roger Ailes, president of FOX News, poses with his wife Elizabeth on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel's Brit Hume on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. Hume was honored for his 35 years in journalism. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Fox News President Roger Ailes attends the Hollywood Reporter celebrates 'The 35 Most Powerful People in Media' at the Four Season Grill Room on April 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 21: Copies of the new book The Loudest Voice in the Room are displayed at a Books Inc. bookstore on January 21, 2014 in San Francisco, United States. The unauthorized biography of FOX News president Roger Ailes written by New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman hit bookstore shelves on January 14. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: In this handout photo provided by FOX News, FOX News Channel Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is photographed November 13, 2015 at the networks Manhattan headquarters New York City. (Photo by Wesley Mann/FOX News via Getty Images)
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Here are a few interesting nuggets from his story:

  • Carlson secretly recorded her conversations with Ailes. A source told New York magazine that the former FOX News host used her iPhone to record Ailes sexually harassing her. The recordings were said to have started in 2014.
  • In preparation for her lawsuit, Carlson's attorney took steps to prevent FOX News from hacking her. Nancy Erika Smith, Carlson's attorney, told New York magazine that an IT technician was instructed to install software onto her computer network and Carlson's devices to prevent any spyware use from FOX News or Ailes. "We didn't want to be hacked," she told New York magazine.
  • Ailes' lawyer, feminist Susan Estrich, accidentally emailed a draft of his severance deal to internet-news mogul Matt Drudge, who tweeted it out and briefly put it on the banner of his popular website. Drudge later removed the copy of the draft, but the damage had already been done. Estrich had meant to email over an Ailes denial of harassment allegations.
  • Ailes was advising Donald Trump during the Republican primaries. Sources described as "close to Trump and Ailes" told New York magazine that the former FOX News chief gave Trump political advice as he battled with other Republican contenders during the contentious primary process.
  • FOX News host Megyn Kelly speculated to colleagues she may have been poisoned by Trump. A source told New York magazine that Kelly wondered to colleagues if the GOP nominee may have paid someone to slip something in her coffee. The report said Kelly became "violently ill" before the first debate in Cleveland.
  • "Bloodbath" coming to FOX News? An unidentified host told New York magazine that the current management system put into place following Ailes' departure is just a temporary fix until the election concludes. "After the election, the prime-time lineup could be eviscerated. [Bill] O'Reilly's been talking about retirement. Megyn could go to another network. And [Sean] Hannity will go to Trump TV," the host told New York magazine.

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