Gretchen Carlson Roger Ailes Lawsuit

Fox News to Review Gretchen Carlson's Harassment Claims; Roger Ailes Says Lawsuit Is 'Offensive,' 'Without Merit'

Both 21st Century Fox and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes have — in quite different manners — responded to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed on Wednesday by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.

Carlson’s eight-page suit claims says she was fired on June 23 after refusing Ailes’ sexual advances. She alleges that, upon requesting a meeting to discuss Ailes’ retaliatory and discriminatory practices, he told her in September 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.” Ailes’ alleged “retaliation” continued through June, when Carlson’s contract was not renewed and she was dropped from The Real Story.

The lawsuit also names Steve Doocy, alleging that the Fox & Friends co-host engaged in a “pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson, including, but no limited to, mocking her during commercial breaks… and generally attempting to put her in her place by refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful journalist rather than a blond female prop.” Carlson claims she was fired from Fox & Friends in 2013 after complaining about Doocy’s behavior.

A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox on Wednesday afternoon issued a statement saying, “We take these matters seriously. While we have full confidence in Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy, who have served the company brilliantly for over two decades, we have commenced an internal review of the matter.”

Ailes meanwhile was a bit more on the defensive, saying in a statement, “Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for [Fox News’] decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. 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.

“This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive,” Ailes added, “it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”

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16 Comments
  1. TJ says:

    imagine that….. she was treated like a blonde prop at Fox News….. their a dime a dozen there too.

    • peterwdawson says:

      Real shame too since she is almost certainly smarter than she appears on TV. If nothing else she has an impressive classical education background.

    • Maggie says:

      They treated Elisabeht Hasselbeck the same way on “Fox and Friends.” I wonder if Ailes and Doocy harassed her too. It seems strange that she left so abruptly.

      • Mary says:

        If that was the reason Elizabeth left I somehow doubt she would of went quietly. That lady would babble on even when she didn’t have a clue what she was talking about.

  2. Preacher Book says:

    Kinda makes you wonder what Megyn Kelly is doing to keep her prime spot.

  3. beryl hilton says:

    Devil comes in all forms. She is a nice person that had to work with these kinds of people.
    They will get theirs in the end. Don’t think I will be watching fox news again. Read your Bible
    its talks about people that joke. Its a sin! Like a fox! Shame on Fox News.

    • Mary says:

      Do you know her personally? If not you cannot say what type of person she is. The fact that anyone watches fox news is a joke itself.

  4. She will be better off somewhere else. I really like her and she doesn’t seem like the kind of person to make that up.

    • Maggie says:

      Hopefully she’ll find a TV network that doesn’t force her to follow GOP talking points, and lets her report actual news.

  5. Brendameindl says:

    The one who should be canned is Megyn KELLY . Her performance on the first debate and since on the air proves she is an attack dig on Trump. I have stopped watching her, flick off the channel when she comes on. The net work seems to have rewarded her instead of punishing her. Megyn KELLY should be out not Gretchen Carlson.

    • Mary says:

      Oh gosh she actually dare do her job and ask him (who shall remain nameless) to justify his rude remarks. He actually should be thanking her because he sure doesn’t ever give an answer to the important questions like foreign affairs, economy, you know the real stuff that matters. Anyhow – I will reserve judgement on the lawsuit but when does mocking someone become sexual harassment?

  6. Ricky Lee Jones says:

    The fat white Bill Cosby should be scurrred. Even Fuhrer Drumpf can’t help his fatass now.

  7. Bob says:

    As his hstory of many hires proves, Ailes likes very sexy women on Fox News. I always thoughts it was for ratings. After all, not only are they attractive, but they really are very smart people. But nowwwwwww? I’m going to choose to believe Gretchen Carlson on this one. Kudos to Fox for responding appropriately with an investigation. I don’t think Fox will be able to whitewash the investigation, and the result will be that Ailes will be proven to be guilty of harassment. I guess when you’re a fat person, it’s the only way to get laid. POWER.

  8. PatriciaLee says:

    Well, I did the math…the big 50 this year for her. Some management are very cut and dried.