Gretchen Carlson was angry it took too long to oust Roger Ailes
Better late than never? But Gretchen Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit against her ex-Fox News boss Roger Ailes, wishes his ouster would have happened a lot sooner.
“I felt angry that it took so long,” Carlson told The Washington Post. “It’s complicated … there was relief that now I would be believed … and I was happy to a certain extent over that.”
Fox News announced last week that Ailes, who launched Fox News, would leave the company amid growing allegations of his behavior toward women during his nearly 20-year tenure. Carlson claimed she was ostracized and ultimately fired from Fox News as an anchor after refusing his advances and complaining about “severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”
In response, Ailes released a statement 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.”
Later, more women came forward with allegations against Ailes. His outside attorney responded by saying “he latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false.”
In her interview with the Post, Carlson addressed the impact of her lawsuit.
“We’ve moved the conversation, but we haven’t changed the world in three weeks,” Carlson told the Post. “I don’t want to tell women they won’t be retaliated against.”
Read the entire story from The Washington Post here.