Saturday, April 20, 2024

Fox News Will Pay Former Tucker Carlson Producer $12 Million After Claim of Hostile Workplace


No wonder Tucker Carlson got the boot. He just cost Fox News $12 million.

His former producer, Abby Grossberg, sued the network saying Carlson had made her workplace “hostile.” She also said she was coerced her into providing false testimony in a deposition.

In a statement, Grossberg said: “I am hopeful, based on our discussions with Fox News today, that this resolution represents a positive step by the network regarding its treatment of women and minorities in the workplace.”

This is just another blow to Fox News, which recently was awarded a judgement of $787 million in defamation case brought by Dominion Voting. Former talking head Bill O’Reilly cost them at least $32 million in a sex harassment suit, and there have been plenty of other suits.

Today, Geraldo Rivera exited the network after 23 years because he’d been treated very badly, fired from one show because he was the only sane one. So he quit.

Grossberg was smart. She taped all her calls with Carlson and his producers, then started leaking them. When she filed her suit against Fox, they fired her. She had the evidence, and it’s proved very damaging to the network.

And yet, Fox News viewers don’t seem to care about any of this — even if they know about it. It’s unclear if they because if their only source of news is Fox, this stuff either isn’t reported, or it’s buried. A lot of them may think Carlson is just on vacation.

Congrats to Abby Grossberg.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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