Rest in peace, Roger Ailes. The television executive who launched and built Fox News into a hugely successful giant killer and ratings behemoth succumbed barely a month ago at the age of 77, after damaging allegations arose of sexual harassment by Ailes against a bevy of attractive female news personalities.
With that as context, we must also add the name Rachel Maddow. She’s recently come forward with her own Ailes story.
But you can rest assured it’s not what you think.
In a recent interview on the Howard Stern show, Maddow confessed that she and Ailes shared some mutual appreciation, and at one point he tried to hire her – just to keep her off the air.
Per The Hill, “He would just hire me so no one else could put me on,” Maddow told SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern. “I was like, ‘So, you’d pay me a full contract to not work?’”
“Would you consider that?” Stern asked.
“Who would not consider that?” an amused Maddow replied.
Despite their significant political differences, Ailes and Maddow became friends after meeting at a White House Christmas Party in 2009.
In fact, Ailes even wrote a complementary “blurb” for Maddow’s non-fiction book, “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.”
Maddow is now riding high in the cable news ratings while Fox has dipped, after losing Bill O’Reilly and still working out the kinks of a new prime-time schedule.
But Maddow even revealed she once turned to Ailes for advice.
“He was really, really kind about it,” Maddow said. “If somebody came to you about that and said, ‘Howard, you know more about radio than anyone in the world, help me get better.’”
“I’d say, ‘Do you compete with me?’ I’d say, ‘F— you,’” Stern answered.
Interesting, right? Clearly an odd couple, Maddow and Ailes, but it’s hard not to feel just a teensy bit better about both of them.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]