Fox News has settled former host Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against ex-CEO Roger Ailes, the network's parent company confirmed Tuesday. It did not announce the terms of the settlement agreement, but Vanity Fair, which first reported on the settlement earlier Tuesday, pegged it at a whopping $20 million.
As part of the network's settlement on Ailes' behalf, the parent company, 21st Century Fox, offered Carlson an unprecedented public apology.
“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," the statement read. "We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and all our colleagues deserve."
Two anonymous sources familiar with the discussions told Vanity Fair that settlement agreements have also been reached with two other women.
Carlson gets 20 million dollars AND a public apology from Fox News?
And there are at least two other women who reached settlements as well?
As if that was not enough good news it seems that Roger Ailes apologist, Greta Van Susteren just got the boot:
Greta Van Susteren is exiting Fox News after 14 years, the cable news network announced Tuesday.
“We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success,” Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine said in a joint statement.
Van Susteren, who was an outspoken defender of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, exits the network on the same day the company settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Gretchen Carlson. Back on July 8, before Ailes stepped down, Van Susteren told TheWrap: “If there were something weird going on … I would have heard it.”
Last month, Van Susteren fired back at people who criticize her for defending Ailes.
“Let’s first get something straight: I did not sexually harass anyone (of course.). And second, I did not know about any sexual harassment and keep it secret,” Van Susteren wrote on her GretaWire blog.
Oh yeah, I'm sure the timing of this is just a "coincidence."
Well if you count this along with the news about Carlson's payout, and Phyllis Schlafly's passing, this is turning out to be a pretty good day for women's rights.