Gretchen Carlson claims ‘Fox & Friends’ was a hostile environment.
Gretchen Carlson does not have a friend in Elisabeth Hasselbeck!
The former View host and brief Fox & Friends co-host spoke out in support of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who has been accused of sexual harassment by Carlson since she was abruptly fired in June.
Hasslebeck, 39, released a statement about her boss and former co-workers, all of whom Carlson has accused of creating a hostile workplace.
“Speaking from my personal experience, working for Roger Ailes and with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade was by far the most rewarding time in my 16-year broadcasting career,” Hasselbeck told Entertainment Tonight in a statement.
“Because Roger, Steve, and Brian consistently treated me with overwhelming respect, and pure-hearted kindness, for which I am forever thankful.”
Carlson was with the network for 11 years but in her lawsuit complained Ailes “sabotaged her career” because she “refused his sexual advances and complained about severe and pervasive sexual harassment.”
Ailes has denied the claims, saying: “”Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup.”
However, as Radar exclusively reported, many other women have accused Ailes of sexual harassment over the years, including Kelly Boyle, who claimed that when she was 29-years-old she went out to a business-related dinner with a now 76-year-old Ailes. He reportedly told her in the car on the way home that, “you know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.”