Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is making it clear he has no intention of avoiding the controversy created by the sexual harassment lawsuit filed Wednesday by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.
In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Ailes responded: “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. 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.”
WND reported Fox News star Gretchen Carlson, 50, filed a sexual-harassment suit against her now-former boss, saying in the same court filing her former morning co-host Steve Doocy was guilty of the same.