[Blind Gossip] You know by now that Fox News fired CEO Roger Ailes because he was sexually harassing female employees. Several women quit, were fired, or walked away from the company after the scandal broke.
Let’s talk about one of the female employees who didn’t walk away.
You may remember Andrea Tantaros from this interesting BG dating blind item from last year.
Tantaros was a savvy political analyst and news commentator on several Fox shows. She mysteriously disappeared from the air a few months ago. She didn’t quit. She wasn’t fired. She just… disappeared.
Fox says she is not on the air because of a book promotion contract dispute.
Tantaros says it’s because Fox knew that Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her and Fox wouldn’t let her back on the air until she promised not to file a complaint.
As soon as she said that Ailes had harrassed her, some of her colleagues – like Geraldo Rivera and Greta Van Susteren – attacked her, claiming she was a liar and vindictive and that her assertions were “obviously false.” After Ailes resigned, Geraldo apologized and Greta left the network.
Fox then offered Tantaros a seven-figure settlement to keep her mouth shut. Tantaros declined, saying that the money alone would not ensure a change in culture at Fox.
On Good Morning America, she explained what she is doing.
Former Host Andrea Tantaros Hopes to Bring ‘Accountability’ to Fox News
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros hopes to bring “accountability” to the network, which is at the center of allegations of sexual misconduct, she said today on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
“Fox News has plenty of money. They’ve bought off a lot of women. What they don’t have is accountability,” Tantaros said this morning, in an exclusive appearance to explain her speaking out.
In August, Tantaros joined other female Fox News personalities to allege abusive behavior at the company when she filed a lawsuit claiming that the network “operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion–like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny.”
In court filings responding to the suit, Fox News said that Tantaros “is not a victim; she is an opportunist” and that her “unverified” lawsuit “bears all the hallmarks of the ‘wannabe.’”
Tantaros told “GMA” today that “Ailes sexually harassed me numerous times. I was walking to a taping once and just said simply hello to him, and he said, ‘We need to get you a tighter dress.’”
Today she reiterated a claim made in her lawsuit that Fox News used the publication of her book to attempt to silence her.
In her lawsuit, she alleged that she was taken off the air this spring “based upon the outrageously false and pretextual claim that Tantaros’ still unpublished book had been written in violation of Fox News’ rules for books authored by Fox News employees.”
At the time, a Fox News representative said, “Issues have arisen regarding Andrea’s contract, and Fox News Channel has determined it best that she take some time off. She is still under contract with the network.”
Tantaros also said that settling the lawsuit would require her to, among other things, renounce her sexual harassment complaints and pledge silence. She said she was not comfortable agreeing to those conditions.
Good for you, Andrea!
On to the blind item. Did you catch the “Fox News has bought off a lot of women” comment?
We know that Gretchen Carlson settled with Fox for $20 million. Which other female newscasters do you think settled with Fox? How much do you think they received? Are they still working there?
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[Optional] If you were a female newscaster at Fox and were sexually harassed, what would you do? Stay/quit/sue/demand change?