In July, longtime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Fox CEO Roger Ailes for repeatedly sexually harassing her while she was employed with the network. According to Carlson, she was fired after refusing to have sex with the super old, super gross man. The news of the suit sent ripples across the media world and soon Roger Ailes was forced to resign and all was right in the Fox News bubble once again, right? Well, apparently, not so much because now the network is being sued by another one of their on-air personalities: Andrea Tantaros.
The host of the daytime show Outnumbered hasn’t been seen in a while and now we know why. According to Tantaros after Carlson filed the lawsuit against Roger Ailes she came forward and told executives that she too had been a victim of Ailes harassment. Instead of supporting her the executives retaliated and pulled her off of the air. Tantaros’ suit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges:
Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny…Ailes did not act alone. He may have been the primary culprit, but his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants, who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation and retaliation.
Tantaros claims that when she joined the network in 2010 she was told by executives that she could not wear pants because “Roger wants to see your legs.” In 2014, she says she was called into Ailes office and told to turn around so that he could “get a good look” at her. When she refused to do as he asked, the network retaliated against her and moved her from her original spot on The Five to the lesser rated show Outnumbered.
According to her suit Ailes wasn’t the only person to harass her, though. She alleges that Bill O’Reilly also made inappropriate comments to her and when she complained about it to Senior News Executive Bill Shine she was told to “let this one go.”
It is completely unsurprising that Fox News’ female anchors have been repeatedly sexually harassed, the network is about as misogynistic as a network can get. They have proven time and again that they have no respect for women on-air, so why would it be any different off-air? Hell, their rabid Donald Trump stumping proves that they give zero fucks about females in this country. Hopefully, Tantaros gets everything she asked for in her suit and if any other women have been harassed maybe they will now feel comfortable enough to come forward. No matter their political leanings, no woman should ever be treated that way.
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