Hell may hath indeed froze over after Fox News announced they will be paying a former host a large sum of money due to a sexual harassment lawsuit which implicated individuals at the highest levels of the news corporation.
Gretchen Carlson, who is a former Miss America, accused the former Chairman of Fox News Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Rather than drag the suit out any longer the network has decided to pay Carlson a whopping $20 million in cash, with no strings attached. Rather than force Carlson to sign a no-fault agreement, the network is making a public apology which is not in line with how these types of proceedings are typically handled.
Carlson was all roses and daisies, and who could blame her? $20 million will change the disposition of many. She tweeted, “I’m ready to move on to the next chapter in my life.”
In a statement, 21st Century Fox said, “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.”
While the case will never see a courtroom Carlson’s lawyer must have had the stone goods on Ailes for Fox News to have taken such drastic action to end the very public dispute and to issue such a swooping apology. Her lawsuit described one of many scenarios, “When Carlson met with Ailes to complain, she alleges Ailes replied, ‘I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago.’
Other female members of the Fox News team have since come forward and may file future lawsuits of their own.