In just nine months, Fox News has lost its founder and its biggest star to sexual harassment scandals.
It began on July 6, 2016, when Gretchen Carlson dropped a bombshell that CEO Roger Ailes had harassed her. Other accusations followed and Ailes was gone two weeks later. On Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly followed Ailes out the door.
July 6, 2016 – Gretchen Carlson brings suit against Roger Ailes
Carlson, a former Fox News host, sends shock waves through the media world when she sues Ailes. The suit claims that she was terminated for “refusing Ailes’ sexual advances.”
Ailes denies the accusations saying “This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract.”
This leads Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox (FOX), to conduct an internal review.
July 19, 2016 – Megyn Kelly tells investigators that Ailes harassed her
New York Magazine reports that anchor Megyn Kelly, one of the network’s biggest stars, told 21st Century Fox investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances towards her a decade earlier.
July 21, 2016 – Roger Ailes leaves Fox News
Shrouded in scandal, Ailes resigns from Fox News ending his 20-year run at the network.
Rupert Murdoch, the head of 21st Century Fox, becomes the channel’s chairman and acting CEO.
July 29, 2016 – Laurie Luhn
Laurie Luhn, a former Fox News booker, tells investigators of the Fox internal probe that she had been harassed by Ailes for more than 20 years and that Fox News knew about it, according to New York Magazine.
“It was psychological torture,” she tells the magazine.
Summer 2016 – Laurie Dhue
Following Ailes’ resignation, 21st Century Fox reaches a settlement of more than $1 million with Laurie Dhue, an anchor from 2000 to 2008, regarding harassment claims against O’Reilly and Ailes, according to the New York Times.