Gretchen Out: Bitter?

Sues Roger Ailes: Her “lawyers…say Ailes is the ‘Bill Cosby of media.'” Wow! Former Fox & Friends co-host and anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Gretchen Carlson, is apparently not amused that her tenure is over: Reportedly, she is suing FNC honcho Roger Ailes for sexual harassment after her contract was not renewed.

According to the Daily Mail, Gretchen said that Ailes asked her to “turn around so he could view her posterior.” Furthermore, the NYT reported that Gretchen alleged that Ailes had eyed her in his office and called her sexy and “explicitly asked [her] in his office for a sexual relationship.”

In response, Gretchen’s former female FNC colleagues pushed back. “On the Record” anchor Greta van Susteren said that she has “‘absolutely never’ seen …Ailes act inappropriately toward women” and described Gretchen as “a very unhappy employee that lost her job” according to The Wrap. According to the same publication, hitting Gretchen even harder, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” anchor Jeanine Pirro declared, “I know know the man. I have been in a room with him. He has never said or done anything [inappropriate].”: Taking aim at her former FNC colleague, Jeanine added that the lawsuit was “absurd” and remarked, “I don’t know that she, the plaintiff [Gretchen], even has a friend in that building.” On a softer note FBN anchor Maria Bartiromo said, “It’s not in keeping with what I know, and my experience at Fox” according to Variety. Morever, The Five co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle chimed in (according to TVNewser), “Total disbelief. I’ve known Roger Ailes for 15 years and I have been treated with the utmost professionalism and respect: He’s been a fantastic mentor in television for me.” To boot, in her HuffPo article, former Fox & Friends First co-anchor Kiran Chetry, who had a self-proclaimed “parting [that] was ugly and public,” defended Ailes, saying, “Over the years at Fox, I met with Roger Ailes one-on-one many times and never once did Roger ever make me feel uncomfortable or put forth any sexual advances.”

According to the Hollywood Report, Ailes hit back hard at Gretchen, saying:

“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.”

Gretchen and her fellow femme fatale predecessor co-hosts on Fox & Friends have always been sexually empowered since the fun, flirty, racy, E. D. Hill made her debut in 1998: And, for those that embrace it, that is modern liberated feminism, women unashamed of their potent power of feminine pulchritude and seduction and are not afraid to embrace it. E.g., Gretchen seemed to tout this “new” feminism in her somewhat tempting “twerking” and awkward aping of “scandalous” Miley Cyrus on F&F. Also, naughty Fetchin’ Gretchen had her sultry take on sharing her momcave with Chris Wallace, nipple clips, and licked thighs on F&F (02/04/11). Not to mention Gretchen’s saucy flirtation with Chris Wallace when the Fox News Sunday host  exclaimed, “Let me just say…I was thinking how to clean this up. Gretchen, when you were wearing that cowboy hat and smoking that cigar you looked fetching.” (In response, Gretchen, re-enacted and accentuated her sultry cowboy/cigar look for Chris to which he responded, Oh, Mama! You should take that home for your husband tonight.”) Maybe, Ailes was having fun with that vibe from Gretchen–if in fact he said what he purportedly said.

Nevertheless, a woman or a man’s employment, advancement, etc. should never be predicated on her/his employer’s reaction to their employee’s sexual power. Nor, should the employee ever be subject to his/her unwanted advances.

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8 Responses to “Gretchen Out: Bitter?”

  1. Tom Bennett Says:

    Both Kimberly and Greta said they would speak out if they witnessed something inappropriate. Really? When?

    AFAIK there is no record of Kimberly or Greta or Pirro speaking out about the many misogynistic statements on Fox News programs — especially F&F, Hannity, The Five and The O’Reilly Factor.

    Moreover, have you noticed this group of FNC women is for the most part the same cadre of Trumpkins who were strangely silent when it came to defending (a colleague) Megyn Kelly vs. Donald Trump?

  2. Monday Links and Open Thread | johnny dollar's place Says:

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  3. Anonymous Says:

    Kimberly is smart enough to know women at Fox are objectified, but she does not care. She gladly sits in what they shamelessly call the leg chair at The Five and shakes her legs all over.

  4. motownman Says:

    Others who have come to Ailes’ defense are Ainsley Earhardt, Harris Faulkner, Martha MacCallum and Sandra Smith. I give them credit. The easy thing to do is remain silent.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Had her contract been renewed she would not of filed this lawsuit??

  6. David Says:

    There is something fishy about this. As a regular Fox and Friends viewer, I remember Gretchen getting quite a bit of time off to promote charities (Miss America), take cruises with her family, and attend functions at her children’s schools. I can’t think of any other married females who were granted that flex time. Actually, Elisabeth Hasselbeck departed Fox and Friends so she could spend more time with family.

    As for the allegations, I remember Gretchen would sometimes get off topic, and I could see a co host grabbing her arm as a gesture to say, ” there’s more stories on the docket today, we need to move on to something else. ”

    I also remember rumors that Gretchen had been lobbying for her own show, and Aires gave her The Real Story. She was excited on the air, and I recall Elisabeth Hasselbeck’ s first day where the set had been reconfigured, and Steve and Brian seemed to have a more positive attitude when Elisabeth arrived.

    I liked Gretchen, but she seemed to forget that first rule of journalism – ” anchors and reporters are not the story.” Ainsley, Heather, and Steve try to stay on track, although I would like to see Clayton or Pete replace Brian on weekdays.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    from the observation deck: Not related to Gretchen but to another of the blond females at Fox News. You likely missed this but it happened this Thursday morning I believe and was pretty revealing. On the one-hour show b4 Fox and Friends, the blond host named Heather was going over poll results from several states, including I believe Colorado and Oregon and maybe Iowa. Anyway, after giving the raw poll numbers, she went to a split scvreen with Anna Kooiman in the newsroom who was to give the breakdown of the numbers showing that although Clinton led in those states, many of the numbers inside the poll numbers were not trending her way. When Kooiman was done, Heather then opted to put a positive spin on the segment by saying to Kooiman that those same types of trends were present in Florida poll and in that poll, Trump wasn’t ahead, “isn’t that correct Anna?” Heather asked. Here was the moment: Kooiman had absolutely NO IDEA AT ALL about the Florida poll or inside the poll numbers in Florida or in fact that there was even a poll taken in Florida. And she said so … I don’t know. I don’t have those numbers here was I believe her sentences. Funny thing is, on Wednesday, the Fox News Channel spent by guestimate about 7 hourse and 45 minutes “trump-eting” the fact that Trump was a play in three key states … Florida, Penn., and Ohio. If Kooiman paid 30 seconds of attention to any Fox News show or red Real Clear Politics webiste or did anything related to her job the day before, she would have known about Trump’s surge in Florida. It served as a reminder that these hosts are not news people and don’t care about the news. It was just an embarrassing moment for Kooiman was in the “newsroom” at the time. There’s a wordf for that: Lazy.

  8. decongal Says:

    It’s July 25th. Ailes is out, seemingly, Gretchen vindicated. More that 25 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment at Fox.

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