There have always been rumors about sexual harassment at Fox News, but those whispers have developed into a full blown scandal as one of their former anchors is accusing head honcho Roger Ailes of heinous acts!!
Here’s more about the accusations:
Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson sued network chief executive Roger Ailes on Wednesday, claiming she was fired after she refused his sexual advances.
Carlson, the former host of a daytime show at Fox, alleged Ailes had retaliated against her because of complaints she had made about discrimination and harassment. The 11-year Fox employee was anchoring a 2 p.m. show when she said she was fired on June 23 at the end of her contract.
She said her firing came nine months after Ailes told her during a meeting that ‘‘you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago.’’
She alleged in the lawsuit that Ailes, who is 76, ogled her, repeatedly commented about her legs, urged her to wear clothes that enhanced her figure and told her she was sexy but ‘‘too much hard work.’’
Carlson said she was fired as a host of the morning show ‘‘Fox & Friends’’ in 2013, and her pay reduced with the transfer to a daytime slot, because she had complained about sexual harassment.
She said that one of her ‘‘Fox & Friends’’ co-hosts, Steve Doocy, ‘‘had created a hostile work environment by regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way.’’ She said that when Ailes heard of her complaints, he called her a ‘‘man hater’’ who needed to learn to ‘‘get along with the boys.’’
Carlson said that Ailes punished her by cutting back on political interviews that she conducted and ending a regular appearance she made on Bill O’Reilly’s prime-time program, generally Fox’s highest-rated show.
Wow. That’s huge, and it’s coming from a very recognizable anchor at the network. Eventually, Roger Ailes had to respond:
In a statement late Wednesday afternoon, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes released a statement pushing back against former host Gretchen Carlson after she filed a lawsuit alleging “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment leading up to her firing. “Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup,” Ailes wrote. “When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit. Ironically, Fox News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11-year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”
This really could damage Fox News if it drags on very long. I would imagine that Roger Ailes will try to settle this as quickly as possible.
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