Roger Ailes is considered to be the man that put Fox News on the map.
Today, Fox News is a ratings monster. Ailes, the founder and longtime CEO of the network, is a huge reason for that that.
However, Roger isn’t running the show at Fox anymore because of some serious accusations of sexual harassment from big names like Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson.
Andrea Tantaros made big news recently when she suddenly stopped showing up on the network, despite being one of the most popular anchors.
It now appears that she is one of the several women who had troubling interactions with Ailes.
Fox News’ senior executives have said they were unaware of sexual-harassment allegations against Roger Ailes before former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him in July. But those claims are now being challenged by Fox host Andrea Tantaros, who says that she complained multiple times to senior Fox executives in 2015 about Ailes’s inappropriate sexual behavior toward her. Tantaros says that, after she came forward, she was first demoted and eventually taken off the air in April 2016. Fox continues to pay her.
Through her lawyer, Judd Burstein, Tantaros says that both she and her agent told Fox executive vice-president Bill Shine, senior vice-president Suzanne Scott, and general counsel Dianne Brandi about episodes of Ailes’s alleged harassment. “She made multiple harassment and hostile-workplace complaints,” Burstein says. As far as Tantaros knows, Fox executives never investigated her complaints, Burstein says; instead, they claim, Fox sidelined her. “I believe it’s retaliatory,” says Burstein.
Fox’s attorneys dispute this. The network says Tantaros was suspended with pay because she violated company policy by not allowing Fox to vet her 2016 book, Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What They Wanted Has Made Women Miserable. Fox attorneys told Burstein the network was embarrassed by her book’s cover, which depicts Tantaros bound by ropes.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 8, 2016
It’s important to point that all of these comments are just accusations at this point, but obviously it does not look good for Ailes.
We will just have to see how this affects the culture and ratings at Fox.
Ailes is out of the picture now and he has stepped down so maybe the network will be able to move on.