In April, Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” co-host Andrea Tantaros disappeared from the network.
Following her hiatus, Fox News released a statement that suggested the disappearance was due to a contract dispute with regard to her new book:
“Issues have arisen regarding Andrea’s contract, and Fox News Channel has determined it best that she take some time off. She is still under contract with the network.”
To date, Fox News maintains that this is the reason she’s remained off the air.
However, despite a contract confidentiality clause, Andrea Tantaros now says she was forced out of the network after rebuffing Roger Ailes’ sexual advances, just like former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.
New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman was the first to break the news that Carlson would be suing Ailes for sexual harassment, which would snowball into sexual assault claims from several women who worked with Ailes over the course of three decades. The victims spanned the career ladder, and even current Fox News host Megyn Kelly allegedly reported that Ailes was sexually inappropriate with her 10 years ago.
Much like Carlson, Sherman revealed that after Tantaros “came forward” to Fox News management with her claims, she was demoted:
According to Tantaros’s account, Ailes began harassing her on August 12, 2014. During a meeting in Ailes’s office, Ailes allegedly asked Tantaros to do “the twirl” so he could see her figure. She refused. Then, in mid-December of that year, Ailes made another advance, Burstein says. “Ailes asked her to turn around, and then he said, ‘Come over here so I can give you a hug.’” Tantaros rebuffed the advance, Burstein says.
In February 2015, Tantaros was pulled off the 5 p.m. program The Five and demoted to working full-time on the midday show Outnumbered. In February 2015, according to Burstein, Ailes allegedly harassed Tantaros again in his office, asking about her workout routine because her body “looked good” and mentioning that she must “really look good in a bikini.”
Andrea Tantaros also formally filed a harassment complaint against Roger Ailes after her hiatus began, and she was allegedly told by Fox News Executive Vice President Bill Shine:
“Roger is a very powerful man,” and that she “should not fight this.”
However, in a statement via spokeperson, Shine said:
“Andrea never made any complaints to me about Roger Ailes sexually harassing her.”
Since Carlson’s initial allegations, several women have spoken up to say that they were also harassed by Ailes. The lawsuit prompted an internal investigation into Fox News, which in turn led to Ailes’ resignation.
Fox did not immediately reply to New York Magazine’s request for comment. Independent Journal Review has also reached out to Fox News for a comment on the matter.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated after publishing. It has also been updated to include a statement by Bill Shine.