But former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has a different opinion.
In a USA Today op-ed piece posted Thursday evening, O’Reilly blamed America’s technology-spawned “hatred” for his demise.
“We are living in a rough age, with technological advances changing behavior and perspective,” O’Reilly wrote. “The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters. Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth.”
O’Reilly, who like Ailes, left Fox News amid a wave of sexual misconduct allegations, wrote that his former boss was victimized by a rush to judgment. “Roger was convicted of bad behavior in the court of public opinion, and it was painful for many of us to watch. He, himself, was stunned and never really recovered.”
Check out O’Reilly’s full obituary on Ailes at USA Today.