RUSH: I have to tell you something. It is not often that I, El Rushbo, get surprised. Yesterday I ended up surprised. One of my closest friends, Roger Ailes — you know, I met Roger Ailes in 1989 or ’90 in New York, a couple of years after I had moved there, and he ended up being the executive producer of my TV show. He used to have these absolutely fabulous Saturday afternoon summertime water volleyball games with all the crowd at his house. At the time he lived at Croton-on-Hudson. And I’ve maintained a close relationship with him.
Yesterday this news story hits that Ailes’ right-hand man, the only executive at Fox that dares to offer a contrary view — but he does wait in private to do it — had been fired, a guy named Brian Lewis. He was the PR executive. I mean, he was in the executive suite, and he was in charge of PR, not just for Fox News, but Twentieth Century Fox, and so forth. I never heard of this guy, is the point. I didn’t know the guy existed. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not — it’s how well you can know somebody, and this guy is apparently Roger’s right-hand man, and he handles all the PR. There’s a book coming out. Zev Chafets wrote a biography of Ailes, and there’s another book coming out I guess in January by a guy who writes for New York Magazine, and apparently this right-hand man, this Brian Lewis guy, has been leaking all kinds of critical, unflattering stuff about Roger, for a number of years now.
So two weeks ago he was fired and walked out of the building, escorted out by other security. There was some talk of financial irregularities and so forth. So the news today is that Ailes is all alone. Snerdley, can you believe that? Roger Ailes, all alone, hunkered down in the corner of his office, huddled in fear, unable to face the day because his chief number one right hand guy was fired two weeks ago and is gone.
Roger Ailes doesn’t need a right-hand man. I mean, all of this is a little bit trumped up. I’m not denying that this guy Brian Lewis worked there, don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying that he wasn’t important, ’cause I didn’t know him. That’s a whole different story. I mean, I don’t know a whole lot of executives at Fox. It’s not that I know everybody and have heard of this guy. I don’t know hardly any of them. But Roger’s never talked about this guy to me. I do not know, did not know he existed, and yet it’s being portrayed that Roger cannot face the day without this guy. I just wanted to assure everybody that Ailes isn’t alone. I know a lot of you are Fox News devotees. Ailes isn’t alone, and it wouldn’t matter if he was. He can handle it.