Fox News Channel called its former host Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment claims retaliation for the network’s decision not renew her contract.
Carlson, who formerly hosted “The Real Story,” a weekday show that aired in the afternoon, filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired from the cable news giant for refusing the sexual advances of network CEO Roger Ailes.
The following is a statement from FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes:
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.
Carlson claimed that the sexual advances occurred in September of last year.
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