Roger Ailes, Fox News’ co-founder and chairman, said he decided to call it a night when he realized President Barack Obama was going to win the election, but when he got home and turned on the television he got a surprise.
"The first thing I see is [Karl] Rove saying something like, ‘You called Ohio too early,’” Ailes told TVNewser. “And I thought, ‘What the? What is this?’ So I quickly called [EVP of News] Michael Clemente and I said, ‘Michael whatever you do, don’t go to commercial. Don’t leave the screen.’”
Ailes said he told Clemente to send Megyn Kelly to talk to the decision team, and, if needed, have the group confront Rove.
"I didn’t want the public or our competitors to say we somehow panicked and didn’t confront the truth on camera," Ailes said. “As it turned out Rove was wrong. He backed down. Our guys were right. We stayed with it. Megyn did her famous walk down the hall. And it all worked out.”
Kelly’s “famous walk down the hall” can be seen in a video as part of our report last week — click here to watch it.