Well, at least Gretchen Carlson got an apology?
The former Fox News host filed paperwork on Tuesday to dismiss her sexual harassment lawsuit against former cable boss Roger Ailes after parent organization 21st Century Fox apologized to the newswoman.
Oh yeah, and in addition to the apology itself, Carlson will be walking away with a whopping $20 million settlement, according to terms first reported by Vanity Fair.
After the filing this morning, 21st Century Fox released a statement on the events:
“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 herself sounded relieved that this was all over, saying:
“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.”
Of course, the fall-out of this was far and wide.
Ailes himself was sacked by the company after an investigation turned up other questionable behavior on his part — and outside reports flying around the last few months have accused him of extremely shady and sleazy tactics.
All that combined to create an environment where 21st Century Fox wanted to be rid of the influential news boss, and they got their way in July.
Other lawsuits are still flying around, though, including that of Andrea Tantaros, a current Fox News host who was inspired to share her story after Carlson’s brave admission.
In the meantime, fresh from looking awful through this ordeal, Ailes has hired lawyers to sue New York Magazine for defamation over its coverage of the scandal.
Regardless, this the end of the road for Carlson — at least she got paid, and officially received an apology.
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