Gretchen Carlson wins! On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox, announced that Fox News will pay Carlson $20 million dollars to settle her sexual harassment claim filed against infamous Fox chairman, Roger Ailes back in July.
21st Century Fox, the parent company for Fox News, is glad to have the lawsuit behind them as the presidential election peaks, and it pursues ending major anchors’ contracts. In addition to cutting the former Fox & Friends co-anchor and The Real Story w/Gretchen Carlson host a multi-million dollar check, the network also issued a public apology.
“We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect that she and all our colleagues deserve,’ read the statement from 21st Century Fox.
Carlson issued a public statement through 21st Century saying:
“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.”
In exchange for the settlement and public apology, Carlson has agreed to drop the lawsuit against Ailes and will not bring up any new suits against the company or any of its employees, according to Reuters.
Carlson co-anchored Fox & Friends for seven years before she moved on to host her own program for Fox News. On July 6, Carlson tweeted that she was no longer with the network and that she had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. In her lawsuit, Carlson says she was fired from The Real Story w/Gretchen Carlson after refusing Ailes’ sexual advances. Since then, several women including former host Andrea Tantaros have filed sexual harassment claims against Ailes and other Fox News employees.
According to photos posted to Carlson’s Twitter account on Monday, she is currently on vacation in Croatia.