People felt a way about Roger Ailes’ inclusion in the 2017 Emmys In Memoriam


Every year, the Emmys runs a montage of the actors and TV industry notables who have passed away. This year, that included Roger Ailes.

Typically, the most controversial thing about the Emmys In Memoriam segment is who the Academy forgot and/or miscategorized as gone before their time. (Sometimes they’re just retired!) This year, however, the inclusion of former chairman and CEO (and founder) of Fox News Roger Ailes rubbed many the wrong way. And for good reason.

Ailes, who passed in May 2017, faced numerous sexual harassment claims in the year prior to his death. A hostile work environment, psychological torture, and culture of sexual misconduct have been attributed to the Fox News leader that has extended to the subsequent claims brought against other Fox News executives.

Two particularly relevant quotes from the afore-linked New York magazine story: Ailes “used his position of power to make either unwanted sexual advances or inappropriate sexual comments in the office.”

And, “Taken together, these stories portray Ailes as a boss who spoke openly of expecting women to perform sexual favors in exchange for job opportunities.”

In any case, someone at the Emmys made the executive decision to include Ailes in the montage and Twitter was quick to express their displeasure / rejoice in the fact that Ailes is still dead.

Luckily, it appears as though the actors, writers, executives, TV personalities, etc. in the audience knew better than to applaud someone who could generously be described as a poor representative of their field.

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Oh, and the Emmys did forget people, too — Dick Gregory and Charlie Murphy. Murphy, the brother of Eddie Murphy and a noted writer as well as a cast member on Chappelle’s Show, passed away in April. Gregory, who passed away in August, was a historic comedian who made a name for himself in the 1960s and was honored as one of the 100 greatest stand-ups by Comedy Central.

But yeah, let’s remember Roger Ailes.