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Roger Ailes Responds to Gretchen Carlson Lawsuit: ‘Offensive, Wholly Without Merit’

Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes has issued a statement in response to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson.

Here is the statement in full:

Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. When Fox News did not commence any negotiations to renew her contract, Ms. Carlson became aware that her career with the network was likely over and conveniently began to pursue a lawsuit. Ironically, FOX News provided her with more on-air opportunities over her 11 year tenure than any other employer in the industry, for which she thanked me in her recent book. This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.

21st Century Fox announced in a statement released around the same time that they would be conducting an internal review.

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