Gretchen Carlson settled with Fox News, got $20 million & an apology

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Two months ago, Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and Fox News corporate. What followed was nothing short of amazing. Carlson’s lawsuit started a chain reaction which led to more than a dozen female Fox News employees coming forward, to varying degrees, to tell their stories and back up Carlson’s claims. Fox News was always a cesspool of rabid right-wing propaganda, but as it turns out, it was also a cesspool of harassment, sexism, corporate-bullying, blackmail and more. You can read one of the latest stories here of just how the women of Fox News brought down Ailes, including the story about Carlson secretly recording Ailes’ sexual harassment. Of course, the biggest reason why Ailes was pushed out was because Rupert Murdoch’s sons have always hated Ailes and they were looking for a reason to get him out. But still, it’s noteworthy that within that deeply dysfunctional cable news network, so many women found a way to stick together.

So, two months exactly after Carlson filed her lawsuit, Fox News/News Corp has settled with Carlson AND offered her an apology. Carlson is getting $20 million for News Corp AND Roger Ailes personally (that’s what Gabe Sherman is reporting). The official apology to Carlson is this:

“We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she & all our colleagues deserve.”

[Via Showbiz 411]

Carlson made her own statement, as did 21st Century Fox – Fox praised Carlson’s professionalism and they too gave a more thorough apology. You can read those statements here.

Apparently, Greta van Susteren is leaving Fox News too. It’s like Christmas.

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  1. aims says:

    Good for her! Although , I don’t think the apology is sincere . I hate FOX NEWS and I’m not at all surprised that they have a toxic environment towards women. It’s illegal and if a 20 million settlement doesn’t wake them up, I don’t know what will. It’s time that they get out of their mad man mentality and join the rest of humanity .

  2. minx says:

    Ooh, I love the apology part.

  3. Jenns says:

    Roger Alies got a $40 million payout for being a repeated sexual harasser.
    Gretchen only gets $20 million for being the victim of Roger Alies sexual harassment.

    I should be surprised. But I’m not.

  4. Lama Bean says:

    And Greta VS just quit.

  5. savu says:

    Love it. Good for her.

  6. sherry says:

    If you really want to raise your blood pressure, you should go to some of the conservative sites reporting on this (i.e. Breitbart). The misogyny and crudeness is other-worldish. I swear some of these people are living or want to live in the 1940′s and 1950′s.

  7. Pinetree13 says:

    Wow $20 million!!!! That’s amazing.

  8. Nanea says:

    Hopefully Gretchen Carlson will be able to continue to talk about her time at Fox and the culture of misogyny there, even after this settlement. If only she or one of the other women who went public about their sexual abuse would also go into details about the culture of distorting the truth and mis-representing facts at Faux Noise…

    Apparently Roger Ailes is planning on suing New York Mag for reporting on his case, working together with the same lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker and Melania Trump vs Daily Mail.

    Donald Trump, meanwhile, continues to work together with Roger Ailes, having RA help him with the preparations for the upcoming debates on TV. Seems like a great fit for both!

  9. Benjie says:

    Fox News sex scandal is getting more serious. Charges of sex crimes involving women are just the beginning. “People” are saying children may be involved as well.