Roger Ailes: “I’m Not Reacting to CNN and MSNBC”

Fox News chief sticks up for Geraldo Rivera

Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts.

“I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in the week but not motivated by it.

“My near-term plans are to put my competitors out of business completely,” added Ailes  in a Q&A at parent company 21st Century Fox’s “investor day” with Neil Cavuto.

His rationale for the unspecified shifts: “One of my jobs is to get the best audience flow between shows and that’s one of the reason I’m making a few changes right now,” he said.

He didn’t tip his hand as to whether reports of Megyn Kelly replacing Sean Hannity are true, but he indicated changes are afoot at the top-rated news network.

“I don’t confirm or deny any rumors, and that is a rumor at the moment,” said Ailes, referring to a report made earlier in the day by Drudge Report. But he did clearly suggest Hannity isn’t leaving the channel.

“All of our stars will be back,” Ailes vowed.  “Hannity is a brand that many of our viewers love and want to see, and as you know, is one of the nicest guys in the building.”

Ailes even stuck up for Geraldo Rivera in the wake of a controversial tweet he made last month showing off his naked torso, which the anchor later admitted he did under the influence of tequila. Crediting Rivera for racing to Bora Bora to cover “before CNN ever got there,” he also couldn’t resist a joke.

“Naked pictures when you’re drunk are still stupid,” he said.

More TV

  • DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2018 RADIO

    Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood Honored at Radio Disney Music Awards

    Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts. “I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in […]

  • Harry Kane of England celebrates scoring

    World Cup Live-Stream: How to Watch England vs. Panama

    Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts. “I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Portlandia': Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Pick Their Proudest Musical Moments

    Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts. “I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in […]

  • NANTUCKET, MA - JUNE 23: (L-R)

    How Long Will TV and Film's Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

    Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts. “I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in […]

  • Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

    'Game of Thrones' Stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington Married in Scotland

    Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts. “I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in […]

  • Seth Rogen Says He Rejected Paul

    Seth Rogen Says He Rejected Paul Ryan's Request for a Photo

    Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts. “I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in […]

  • ROSEANNE - "Netflix & Pill" -

    'Roseanne': What's Next for ABC's Spinoff

    Fox News Channel chief Roger Ailes acknowledged Thursday he is on the verge of making changes to his top-rated network, but made clear primetime moves from the competition didn’t prompted any shifts. “I’m not reacting to CNN and MSNBC,” said Ailes, indicating he was aware that CNN did some rescheduling with Anderson Cooper earlier in […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content