What the hell is going on over at FOX News?
Just weeks after Roger Ailes was forced into retirement for a long record of inappropriate and offensive behavior towards female subordinates, the news is breaking that the network’s biggest star was involved in some shocking behavior of his own…and now they are paying the price!
In the weeks after Roger Ailes was ousted as the chairman of Fox News in July, amid a sexual harassment scandal, company executives secretly struck an agreement with a longtime on-air personality who had come forward with similar accusations about the network’s top host, Bill O’Reilly.
The employee, Juliet Huddy, had said that Mr. O’Reilly pursued a sexual relationship with her in 2011, at a time he exerted significant influence over her career. When she rebuffed his advances, he tried to derail her career, according to a draft of a letter from her lawyers to Fox News that was obtained by The New York Times.
So just what sort of naughtiness was Bill’O getting up to?
The letter includes allegations that Mr. O’Reilly had called Ms. Huddy repeatedly and that it sometimes sounded like he was masturbating. He invited her to his house on Long Island, tried to kiss her, took her to dinner and the theater, and after asking her to return a key to his hotel room, appeared at the door in his boxer shorts, according to the letter.
In exchange for her silence and agreement not to sue, she was paid a sum in the high six figures, according to people briefed on the agreement. The agreement was between Ms. Huddy and 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News. The company and Mr. O’Reilly’s lawyer said her allegations were false.
Because, you know, the normal response to being falsely accused is to pay hush money.
There has been a lot of weirdness at FOX in the last few months, hopefully new management will clean up their act before they hemorrhage any more talent.
Hopefully Tucker Carlson can help raise the bar in his new prime time slot.
Source: New York Times