Hours after Gretchen Carlson announced that she had been fired from Fox News and that she was suing CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, Ailes broke the silence toward her claims.
“Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup,” Ailes said in a statement.
“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. Ironically, FOX News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11 year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously,” Ailes continued.
Previously, the Huffington Post reported that this wasn’t the first time Roger Ailes was accused of misconduct. It is worth noting that ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields wrote this article.
You may recall that Fields accused ex-Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of manhandling her and left Breitbart when she thought the publication was “protecting Trump more than [she was being protected].”
21st Century Fox also released a statement about the accusations against Ailes and Fox News anchor Steve Doocy which reads as follows:
The Company has seen the allegations against Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy. 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.