Gretchen Carlson Makes Return to Live Television For First Time Since Filing Ailes Lawsuit


For the first time since she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox Chairman Roger Ailes on July 6th, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson was warmly welcomed onto the TODAY Show set Tuesday morning to guest host.

Carlson joined Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones during the third hour of the TODAY Show Tuesday, and her first segment on air was “TODAY’s Take,” a congenial wrap-up of the holiday weekend.

The segment included a look back through the archives at some of Carlson’s work from years ago, including her turn as a Miss America pageant winner and seasoned violinist. She even recounted stories from her hometown in Minnesota, deemed “The Halloween Capital of the World.”

Last summer, Carlson stunned the political media world when she became the first Fox female employee to allege harassment claims against Ailes, which the former Chairman and CEO vehemently denied at the time. What resulted was a windfall of accusations spurred on by Carlson that resulted in Ailes being ousted from the network altogether. Carlson has remained off air ever since, with the notable exception of a sit down interview with ABC’s 20/20.

When asked about her personal goals for 2017, Carlson admitted, “New beginnings.” She continued telling Roker and Jones, “I’m a huge believer in being optimistic and getting a fresh start,” she continued, even identifying a few new exciting opportunities on her horizon for the new year. Carlson announced that she will be setting up a fund for empowering women in the workplace, as well as a deal with TIME Magazine to serve as a marquee columnist on issues that pertain to women’s rights, “and in some cases, fighting back.”

Watch Carlson’s first segment on the NBC TODAY Show above.

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