Two months after Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment—a move that essentially ended his career—Fox News has settled. According to Vanity Fair’s sources, Fox News will pay Carlson $20 million and offer her a public apology. Good for her.
As part of the settlement, Carlson has agreed not to pursue further legal action against Fox or other Fox News execs. That likely means Fox wanted to protect some people who might have knew about Ailes’ behavior toward Carlson and turned a blind eye.
Fox has also settled with two of the more than two dozen other women who have accused Ailes of sexual harassment.
Update (9:42 am)
Here’s Fox News parent 21st Century Fox’s apology to Carlson.
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. 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.