I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. Roger Ailes.

Mr. Alies was a brilliant man who built Fox News and gave Americans an alternative to the left-wing press that dominated the U.S.

I will forever be grateful to Mr. Ailes – it was his decision that gave me the opportunity to be a Fox News contributor.

Through my appearances on Fox News, I am able to reach millions of Americans with my belief in conservative principles and America’s exceptionalism.

My meetings with him were always professional and I found his professional guidance extremely helpful.

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, I did my part to defend Fox News from a host of attacks by describing my personal experiences with Bill O’Reilly and Mr. Ailes.

Mr. Ailes was a true patriot.

At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.