Former Fox News anchor, Gretchen Carlson, will reportedly receive $20 million as well as a public apology from 21st Century Fox.
The former “Fox and Friends” anchor’s original suit claimed she was fired from Fox after refusing sexual advances from former chairman and CEO of Fox, Roger Ailes.
This settlement serves as another turning point in a case that has blemished Fox News’ “fair and balanced” reputation in recent days.
On Friday, the Financial Times reported that Ailes’ new libel lawyer sent a “demand letter” to Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine, the leading reporter covering the battle between Ailes and Carlson, asking to “retain all documentation” from his reporting on this lawsuit.
Fox News has not been asked to “scour” their company for other evidence of sexual harassment, nor has Ailes himself spoken publicly about the settlement. In Gretchen Carlson’s statement on her website regarding the settlement, she thanked 21st Century Fox as well as the other women who came forward and shared their own stories.
As a part of 21st Century Fox’s statement they, “regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.” NPR’s David Folkenfilk noted that this apology from Fox News is “unusual.”
Meanwhile this morning, Fox announced the sudden and unexpected departure of veteran “On the Record” anchor Greta Van Susteren. Van Susteren recently defended Ailes in a blog post on her personal website. A reason for her departure has not been given, and it is not evident that it relates to the Ailes case.
The rest of the world will have to wait and see what Carlson’s settlement will mean for the future of Fox News. With a possible Sherman lawsuit and with Ailes supposedly advising Trump, it is unlikely that the former Fox chief steers clear of the news.
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Scott Nover contributed reporting on this story.