It’s about time.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has stepped down Friday after almost two weeks after Gretchen Carlson accused him of sexual harassment. What made him finally leave, despite calling her allegations “retaliatory?” (For the uninitiated, Carlson’s filing says Ailes engaged in “sexual and/or sexist comments and innuendo” including him “ogling Carlson in his office and asking her to turn around so he could view her posterior,” and says that when she confronted him about sexual harassment, he told her “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago . . . sometimes problems are easier to solve that way.”)
Maybe a New York Magazine report detailing his alleged sexual harassment of several other Fox News employees, including network golden girl Megyn Kelly (who encouraged fellow female colleagues to speak out against Ailes’ behavior), played a role. What’s more, Roger Ailes’ boss, Rupert Murdoch, and his kin reportedly sided with Kelly, as evidenced by this New York Post cover story.
Upon hearing the news, Gretchen Carlson told The Washington Post, “At first, satisfaction – or no, I think validation. I felt angry that it took so long. It’s complicated – there was relief that now I would be believed – and I was happy to a certain extent over that.”