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Former Fox Host Gretchen Carlson Making Return To TV Next Week



 

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson announced Friday that she will make her return to TV on Jan. 3 when she guest hosts the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.

NBC contributor Gabriel Sherman first tweeted the news.

Carlson then retweeted Sherman’s tweet and also a story from The Daily Beast about her return, before announcing the news directly.

Prior to getting fired from Fox on June 23, Carlson had spent 11 years with the network. She had been the host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson and a co-host of Fox & Friends.

After she was fired, Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. That lawsuit led to further allegations against Ailes, which ultimately led to his resignation.

Carlson received a $20 million settlement from Fox.

Last month, Carlson spoke out about sexual harassment in the workplace.

“We’re still in an environment where you’re not going to be believed,” she told ABC News. “Women should not have to face this in the workplace, period.”

In that interview, she recounted multiple instances of sexual harassment throughout her career.

“When situations like that happen to women … you fear that it’s going to be your fault, you’re not going to be believed, you’re going to lose your job,” Carlson said. “You’re going to be that woman — a troublemaker.”

She said women who wait to report harassment should not be doubted based on the time it took them to work up the courage to go public.

“I don’t think we should judge women if they have waited because look at how we react to women when they finally do come forward,” said Carlson. “They’re accused of making it up. We have to make it a safer environment so that it’s no longer ‘He said, she said,’ but maybe just, ‘She said.’”

Carlson also noted that simply changing jobs is not the answer.

“I consider myself to be a pretty damn strong woman, and finding another job is not a realistic way to solve this problem,” she said.

Carlson has said she wants to fight for women whose employment agreements prevent them from taking harassment claims to court.

“What it technically means is that if this happens to you at work nobody will ever know about it,” she said. “We as a country have to come up with a solution for every single one of them, to feel comfortable enough to come forward and not feel like they’re going to lose their job. And that’s what I hope to at least start the discussion on.”

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H/T westernjournalism.com

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