Gretchen Carlson Roger Ailes Lawsuit

Gretchen Carlson and Fox to Settle for $20 Million Over Roger Ailes Suit

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News personality who in July filed a sexual harassment suit against recently ousted chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, is walking away with a hefty settlement.

According to a report by Vanity Fair, 21st Century Fox has agreed to settle with Carlson for a staggering $20 million. The company on Tuesday confirmed that a deal had been reached and offered a public apology:

21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. She developed a loyal audience and was a daily source of information for many Americans. We are proud that she was part of the Fox News team. We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.

In response, Carlson issued the following statement:

I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my complaint. I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace. I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.

Ailes resigned from Fox News on July 21, just two weeks after Carlson first filed paperwork claiming she was fired for rejecting unsolicited sexual advances. At the time, 21st Century Fox’s executive chairman Rupert Murdoch issued a statement acknowledging the “remarkable contribution” Ailes had made to both “our company and our country,” claiming the founding CEO of Fox News shared his “vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years.”

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14 Comments
  1. nora moore says:

    Get that money, bitch!

  2. Belle says:

    That’s one big settlement…assume there is more to this story that Fox didn’t want to become public knowledge, so they ponied up mega bucks to keep a lid on it!

    • peterwdawson says:

      Hard to say really: settlements frequently exist to avoid airing dirty laundry over long legal battles. Even if Carlson were to lose in court there’s always the fact that Fox could want it to go away faster than that would take, and that other bad stuff could come out over time. This way she gets some money, feels at least some sense of vindication, and unless the settlement says so, they don’t have to admit any specific wrongdoing, leaving the accusations in permanent ‘alleged’ status.

      • Pedro says:

        $ 20 million is not avoiding a nuisance. It’s hush money.

        • Dr. M says:

          Hush money usually includes a non-disclosure agreement. This is a robbery. Ailes was already tried and convicted in the media.

          True or not, Fox probably wanted it known how mercenary she was. Anyone can harass me for a cut rate. I’ll settle for $10 million.

        • peterwdawson says:

          You’d think so, but that’s barely more than what Fox pays some of their top personalities annually. It could have easily hurt less than a long legal battle that, even if they won, could have cost them millions in advertising, probably more than they just paid out. Still it is possible they think they’re screwed if they go to trial too, I just don’t think $20 mil is necessarily definitely the definitely guilty level of paying out, which may be by design.

  3. Shelly says:

    Yup! If they settled for that much…the evidence and witnesses must be pretty damning!

  4. HAP says:

    That’s a lot of hush money.

  5. dush bag says:

    Bull, she wanted the money, the old man was set up, at his age he could not get it up…..