Andrea Tantaros, a former co-host of Fox News’ “The Five” and “Outnumbered,” is in the process of suing the media company over sexual harassment.
“Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” she said. She implicated now-former CEO Roger Ailes, host Bill O’Reilly, and other employees and guests — including former Mass. Sen. Scott Brown — as some of the worst offenders.
An alleged list of derogatory comments were noted over a series of uncomfortable private meetings with Ailes between August and December 2014. Ailes asked Tantaros about the sexual activity of several employees:
“Is Greg Gutfeld gay?”
“Is Dana [Perino] a lesbian?”
“Perhaps Gutfeld and Perino are ‘sleeping together.'”
“Are Kimberly [Guilfoyle] and Eric [Bolling] screwing?”
Dana Perino “is uptight. You get the feeling that she never lets her hair down, but if she did, she’d be a good time.”
Kimberly Guilfoyle is a “Puerto Rican whore” and a “Puerto Rican streetfighter.”
“Harris [Faulkner] has to be careful. She has the tendency to be the angry black woman.”
Kimberly Guilfoyle is “easy.”
Shannon Bream’s “voice is annoying.”
Referring to Monica Crowley: “If I ever had to go on a date with her, I’d jump out the window.”
Referring to Gretchen Carlson: “She’s nuts.”
Referring to Catherine Herridge: “She’s a stalker.”
Referring to Maria Bartiromo: “She got so fat.”
In a conversation on February 27, 2015, Ailes attempted to joke with Tantaros about an exchange she had on air with Stacey Dash, saying “I heard you were mean to the black girl.”
Tantaros is not the first female anchor to engage in a legal battle with the media company. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July.