Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson got an apology. She also reportedly got $20 million, according to Vanity Fair. Carlson’s dismissal from her job at Fox News came — she claimed in a lawsuit — as a result of rebuffing repeated sexual advances by the ousted Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Fox will reportedly cover the cost of the settlement, despite the case being brought against Ailes personally. Ailes built Fox News from the ground up beginning in 1996. It’s now an influential news behemoth — and a profit center for the Murdoch-owned 20th Century Fox to the tune of over $1 billion a year.
Carlson’s suit was filed just two months ago, making the settlement a relatively speedy reaction by the network. (Cases like this can sometimes drag on for years.) The apology included: “We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.” Carlson posted the following tweet, saying she’s ready for her next chapter. She did not go into specifics.
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) September 6, 2016