Kelly Weighs in: Would Ailes Would Still Be Fox Chairman Without Gretchen Carlson’s Lawsuit?
During her exclusive interview Tuesday morning on Good Morning America to discuss her new book “Settle For More,” Fox News nightly anchor Megyn Kelly revealed the alleged sexual advances made by the network’s former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
Kelly told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Tuesday morning that Ailes “tried to kiss,” her three times when she was a first-year reporter at the network. Despite the incident, Kelly admits that the two of them went on to have a long and successful working career together at Fox.
Ailes has been accused by many women of sexual misconduct in one form or another this year, leading to him being ousted from his position earlier this year. In a stunning twist, former network anchor Gretchen Carlson was the first to file a sexual harassment lawsuit in a New Jersey court against Ailes in July. “I had to stand up for myself and speak out for all women and the next generation of women in the workplace,” Carlson said at the time.
Stephanopoulos asked Kelly directly if she thought that Roger Ailes would still be Fox News Chairman if Carlson had not stepped forward with her lawsuit.
“I think so,” replied Kelly honestly. “I think so, because we all had arbitration clauses in our contracts which prevented us from filing public lawsuits,” she responded, “which is why Gretchen filing it publicly was a big deal and was a big step.”
Kelly admits that she did not know the extent to which Ailes was allegedly taking advantage of female staffers. “Was this a serial problem or not?” Kelly rhetorically asked Tuesday morning. As for the results of the investigation helmed by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm into Ailes’ alleged behavior, Kelly now says, “I cooperated with that investigation and I think it wound up as it should have.”
Watch above via GMA; the question comes around the 3:10 mark.
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