Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News, has recently come under fire after shocking sexual harassment claims from former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. Carlson joined Fox News in 2005 but ultimately left the network after her contract expired in June of 2016, stating she was pushed out because of her accusations against the CEO. Ailes has been considered extremely influential on the political right with the enormous success of the Fox News Channel. With his prominent past, many well-known employees of Fox have even publicly defended him.
Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes on July 6 claiming that he sabotaged her career because she shut down his sexual advances. Recently, however, more than a dozen women, including Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Ailes. These women’s stories paint Ailes as a boss who expected sexual favors in exchange for job opportunities. Aile’s legal team has denied all allegations and has filed a motion seeking to move the lawsuit to arbitration. 21st Century Fox, Fox News Channel’s corporate parent, stated that it will conduct an internal investigation regarding Carlson’s claims.
Amid the controversy, 21st Century Fox announced Aile’s resignation on July 21, stating that Rupert Murdoch will assume the role of acting CEO and Chairman of Fox News Channel.
This is certainly an instance of the mighty receiving their comeuppance. Fortunately for Ms. Carlson, many other women came forward with evidence of similar incidents.