March 8th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich brushes off Ailes

(CNN) - Despite being labeled "a sore loser" and "a prick" by Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, Newt Gingrich says things are just fine between him and the man who used to cut his paycheck.

"I talked to him a couple weeks ago. We're fine. We don't have a personality fight," Gingrich said Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

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According to excerpts of an upcoming biography of Ailes, the media mogul was not pleased with Gingrich's assessment of Fox's coverage during the Republican presidential primary.

Gingrich reiterated that criticism Friday, saying Fox–where he was once a paid contributor–covered him unfairly.

Asked why, he said "I have no idea, but I seemed to make them unhappy."

In the book, however, Ailes rebuffed such criticism.

"Gingrich is a sore loser and if he had won he would have been a sore winner," Ailes said, according to excerpts that were released in this month's Vanity Fair.

"Newt's a prick," Ailes succinctly concluded.

While Gingrich maintained his criticism of the network, he seemed to brush off Ailes' harsh comments.

"Look, Roger's a big boy. He's said lots of things about lots of people in his career. I've been around a long time. I've had lots of different people say things about me," he said.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    It's hard to have a personality fight when neither one of you has one.
    Been to Greece lately?

    March 8, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Facts don't Lie

    hey this is how Republicans show LOVE for each other call each other nasty names in public. It's only when they do it to the president or other Democrats that it is an insult. But what do you expect fom the pious party of family values?

    March 8, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Nightshade

    It's always funny to read the responses from the likes of Gingrich, Rove, or any of the other microscopic witted from the republican party. Whatever they disagree with is just sidestepped, like so many of their countrymen they ignore. The only people they pay attention to are those with massive green, nestled in deep pockets. They feel comfortable when they can feather their own nest. If your nest gets dismantled, so be it.

    March 8, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. James Klimaski

    It is hard to agree with Roger Ailes, except this time he is right on the money.

    March 8, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |