Fox News chairman Roger Ailes issued a statement last night in response to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
“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.”
Meanwhile CNN reports that ten other women may be interested in joining Carlson’s lawsuit. At this writing Fox News sister outlets such as the New York Post have yet to report on the lawsuit.