OMG! Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has finally responded to former anchor Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against him and co-anchor Steve Doocy, and he is absolutely livid! He calls the claims ‘offensive,’ and even slams Gretchen for dropping ratings. See his full comment, here.
This is intense. Fox News’ CEO Roger Ailes, 76, and host Steve Doocy, 59, are being sued for allegedly sexually harassing former anchor Gretchen Carlson, 50, but they aren’t going down without a fight! The CEO clapped back at Gretchen on July 6, calling her a liar with bad ratings! You’ve got to see his shocking full response, right here.
“Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false,” says Roger in a statement to HollywoodLife.com. “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.” Interestingly, her lawsuit claims that her numbers had been rising when she was fired.
“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,” the comment continued. “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.” Yikes.
The claims against Roger and Steve are truly disgusting. Gretchen says that Roger fired her for refusing to have sex with him, and that Steve had been “mocking [Gretchen] during commercial breaks, shunning her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittling her contributions to the show, and generally attempting to put her in her place by refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful journalist rather than a blond (sic) female prop.” If this story is true, it’s absolutely appalling.
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