>> Time we have a mass shooting we talk about guns, right?>> Former FOX anchor, Gretchen Carlson, getting $20 million to settle a sexual harassment suit she brought against her old boss, ousted network honcho Roger Ailes. Although the lone defendant, it is parent company 21st Century Fox And not Ailes who will pony up.
A source telling Reuters, Ailes' contract indemnified him from employment related claims. Fox also going the extra step of issuing Carlson a public apology, saying 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.
Reuters editor, Eric Effron, says this symbolizes just how far apart Ailes and his former network have grown.>> Roger Ailes was fighting the lawsuit, making very strong denials. The company settled the lawsuit and apologized. So that suggests a big rift between Roger Ailes, who for many, many years was Fox News, personified it, created it.
So that's a very interesting development. It kinda puts an exclamation mark on how this has come down, in terms of this ending Roger Ailes' career, certainly his career at Fox News.>> While Carlson's $20 million payout may seemed steep, Ailes himself received $40 million in severance pay when fired from Fox News, sparking outcry from those who felt Carlson's claims along with those made by several other women since should have had him exiting with nothing.
>> So there is that contrast and there's a certain symmetry since it's 40 and 20. But I think if you get $20 million from a sexual harassment lawsuit and an acknowledgement and an apology, I would say that's a win.>> Ailes too now feeling litigious, threatening to sue New York Magazine, which has reported extensively on his alleged harassment issues, often providing lurid details.
His attorney of choice is Charles Harder who helped Hulk Hogan win his defamation suit against website Gawker, and is also handling a libel case against the Daily Mail for Melania Trump, wife of Donald, who Ailes is advising on his presidential run. And in a final bit of Fox News news, On The Record host Greta Van Susteren announced Tuesday she will be leaving the network after 14 years, saying on Facebook, Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years, and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now.