This ^^ is Gretchen Carlson. If you’re a morning person like me, you probably already knew that. Carlson was the cohost of Fox & Friends, the Fox News morning show. Carlson cohosted the show with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade until 2013. If you ever watched The Daily Show with John Stewart or The Soup, I guarantee that you’ve seen clips of the regular inanities at Fox & Friends. After Carlson was replaced on Fox & Friends, she went on to host Real Story on Fox News. But then Carlson was fired a few weeks ago. And Carlson is PISSED. She claims that her firing was the result of refusing Fox News’ CEO Roger Ailes’ sexual advances, and she’s already filed a lawsuit. Apparently, Ailes is a sexist leech who sexually harasses the Fox News blondes and then retaliates against them when they rebuff his Jabba-the-Hut-like advances. This is brand new information!
Gretchen Carlson is suing Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes . According to papers obtained by PEOPLE, Carlson is alleging that her former employer “Ailes has unlawfully retaliated against Carlson and sabotaged her career because she refused sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”
Carlson, now 50, claims the biggest form of Ailes’ retaliation was her firing from Fox News on June 23, nine months after allegedly “ostracizing, marginalizing and shunning” the Real Story anchor before suggesting she engage in a sexual relationship with him.
Also under fire in Carlson’s filing is former Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy, whom Carlson claims “regularly treat[ed] her in a sexist and condescending way” when they worked together. The lawsuit claims Doocy “engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment” that was tantamount to treating her as “a blond female prop.”
Carlson alleges Ailes, now 76, called her a “man hater” when she complained to him in 2009 about Doocy’s behavior and subsequently “pursued a highly personal agenda” by limiting her assignments and exposure on the network, and ultimately firing her from Fox & Friends in 2013, which resulted in a new time slot and a pay cut. She alleges Ailes asked “her to turn around so he could view her posterior,” commented on her body and wardrobe and once told her “she was ‘sexy,’ but ‘too much hard work.’ ”
Carlson, 50, is seeking an undisclosed amount for “lost compensation, damaged career path, damage to reputation and pain and suffering damages.”
Gawker compiled a more detailed list of Carlson’s claims here, and they also have a copy of Carlson’s entire lawsuit here. Just my opinion? It absolutely sounds like Carlson has a damn good case and I hope she goes all the way with it. Meaning, I hope she doesn’t take a settlement, and I hope she goes for the jugular. As for the idea that Roger Ailes is this disgusting… yeah, not a surprise. The only surprise is that one of the Fox News hosts is talking openly about how f—king awful it is to be a woman in the Fox News world. Also: Steve Doocy can eat it, that man is such a moron.
In the hours after the details from Gretchen’s lawsuit became public, Roger Ailes responded, basically saying that there was nothing to it. But! Gretchen’s lawyers say that at least a dozen women have contacted them about making statements regarding Ailes’ lechery. And now Fox News is conducted an internal investigation of their CEO’s behavior.
This is Roger Ailes.
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