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Gretchen Carlson Out at Fox News, Files Harassment Suit vs. CEO Roger Ailes

Fox News staple Gretchen Carlson on Wednesday confirmed that she is no longer employed by the organization, and has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

Per her eight-page suit, Carlson says she was fired on June 23, 2016, after refusing Ailes’ sexual advances. She claims that, upon requesting a meeting to discuss Ailes’ discriminatory practices, he told her in Sept. 2015, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.”

You can read an excerpt of her claims below:


Carlson — who began her time at Fox News as a Fox & Friends co-host in 2005, before launching The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson in 2013 — made the following announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter:


Shortly after news of the lawsuit broke, Carlson also released the following statement:

“I have strived to empower women and girls throughout my entire career. Although this was a difficult step to take, I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace. I am extremely proud of my accomplishments at Fox News and for keeping our loyal viewers engaged and informed on events and news topics of the day.”

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