Fox Settles Suit With Gretchen Carlson

And in Other News, Greta Van Susteren Departs Fox News

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Roger Ailes and Gretchen Carlson
Roger Ailes and Gretchen Carlson Credit: Images by Getty Images (composite by Ad Age)

21st Century Fox settled its sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes from former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, apologizing for the way Ms. Carlson was treated.

"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. She developed a loyal audience and was a daily source of information for many Americans," the company said in a statement. "We are proud that she was part of the Fox News team. We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve."

As first reported by Vanity Fair, Ms. Carlson received as much as $20 million as part of the settlement, according to a personal familiar with the agreement.

Greta van Susteren is leaving Fox News, the network announced.
Greta van Susteren is leaving Fox News, the network announced. Credit: via Wikimedia Commons

"I am gratified that 21st Century Fox took decisive action after I filed my complaint. 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," Ms. Carlson said in a statement. "I want to thank all the brave women who came forward to tell their own stories and the many people across the country who embraced and supported me in their #StandWithGretchen. All women deserve a dignified and respectful workplace in which talent, hard work and loyalty are recognized, revered and rewarded."

In July, Ms. Carlson sued Mr. Ailes, claiming sexual harassment and gender discrimination. As a result of the suit, Mr. Ailes stepped down from the network later in the month.

Fox veterans Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy were named co-presidents of the network in August.

Since Ms. Carlson filed the suit, other women have made similar allegations against Mr. Ailes. The former Fox News boss has denied all charges.

Separately, Fox News announced on Tuesday that anchor Greta Van Susteren is leaving the network.

Ms. Van Susteren, who has spent 14 years at Fox News, publicly supported Mr. Ailes following Ms. Carlson's lawsuit.

"On the Record" at 7 p.m. will be taken over by senior political analyst Brit Hume starting on Tuesday. He will remain on as anchor through the election.

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