Fox News has settled Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against its former CEO Roger Ailes.
According to Vanity Fair, Fox News “has agreed, on behalf of Ailes, to settle Carlson’s suit for a stunning $20 million, according to three people familiar with the settlement.”
Fox News also publicly apologized, saying in a press release:
“21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit. During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. She developed a loyal audience and was a daily source of information for many Americans. We are proud that she was part of the Fox News team. 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.”
Carlson said in a statement,
“I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my Complaint. I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life in which I will redouble my efforts to empower women in the workplace. I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded.”
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Fox News sent iMediaEthics its statement on her departure, which quotes Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine saying “We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success.” Brit Hume is taking over her show.
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— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) September 6, 2016