Roger Ailes "is a terrific boss": 3 female Fox News anchors offer rebuttal to Gretchen Carlson lawsuit

According to a Mediaite exclusive, Harris Faulkner, Martha MacCallum, and Ainsley Earhardt "wanted to speak out"

By Brendan Gauthier
July 12, 2016 8:05PM (UTC)
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Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson (Reuters/Fred Prouser/AP/Richard Drew)

In an exclusive on Monday, Mediaite disclosed that Fox News Corporation (FNC) "reached out ... asking if we'd like to speak to a few high-profile women from the network."

The PR effort comes after longtime "Fox & Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against network CEO Roger Ailes, who she said "retaliated against her and derailed her career" after she refused his sexual advances.


Mediaite said it agreed to the interview female anchors Harris Faulkner, Martha MacCallum and Ainsley Earhardt "to find out what it’s really like to be a female employee of the media giant," clarifying, "FNC tells us that all three women wanted to speak out and chose to do so on their own."

Earhardt, who filled Carlson's vacancy on the "Fox & Friends" couch, said she "adore(s)" co-host Steve Doocy, who's implicated in the lawsuit.

"He is a leader. He is nothing but nice. He is a gentleman. He is a family man. He is an amazing person," Earhardt told Mediaite. "I am devastated to learn that he is part of this. I love him. I think so much for him."


"My rise and success have been a direct result of the merits and fabulous  opportunities from mentors, including Roger Ailes," gushed "Outnumbered" host Faulkner. "He has changed the arc of my career. He believed in me when people who looked like me were not in network news ... I am profoundly grateful for the opportunities he gave me."

"America's Newsroom" co-host MacCallum called Ailes "a terrific boss."

"I don’t like to see anything that reflects negatively on him," she added. "If anything, [Carlson’s lawsuit] sort of bonded us. It’s brought people together."


Read the full interview at Mediaite.

(h/t MediaMatters)

Brendan Gauthier

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