Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes died Thursday at the age of 77. Rev. Al Sharpton, who appears frequently on cable news and once hosted a politics show on MSNBC, noted on Twitter that he and Ailes did not agree on much ideologically, but he could not deny the impact Ailes has had on U.S. news.
I've known Roger Ailes for over 30 years. We've fought, debated and exchanged war stories. He had real passion and a master strategist for— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 18, 2017
what he believed. We didn't agree on much and I protested him many times. However his impact on US Culture is undeniable. He is a study !— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) May 18, 2017
Other liberal media figures like Jehmu Greene, a former Fox News contributor, tweeted sweet messages.
My life changed the day I met Roger Ailes. Flaws and all, he believed in me when others didn't. I am forever grateful. Rest in peace, Roger. pic.twitter.com/8c0czMZgSC— Jehmu (@Jehmu) May 18, 2017
On the conservative side of things, Fox News host Sean Hannity issued a meaningful statement, noting Ailes' "endless enthusiasm, energy, wit, humor and raw instinctive intelligence will be greatly missed."
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham credited Ailes with founding "one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history." She will "miss his friendship dearly."
This post has been updated.