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Gretchen Carlson Talks “Fight Back”

‘It’s important for women to stand up and fight back’: Gretchen Carlson talks about the need to empower woman on Today in triumphant return to TV, six months after $20m Fox News sex suit

  • Gretchen Carlson hosted the third hour of Today on Tuesday morning
  • It was her first time back in the studio and behind an anchor desk since she was let go by Fox News this past June
  • Two weeks later she filed a sexual harassment suit against the network’s CEO Roger Ailes which was later settled for $20million
  • During her appearance Tuesday, Grecthen revealed she has created a fund to help empower women and girls joined Time as an online columnist 
  • ‘It’s really important for all of us, women and men, to build confidence and to stand up for what we believe in. And in some cases to fight back,’ said Carlson
  • Hours after NBC welcomed the former Fox News host on Today the network announced that  Megyn Kelly would be joining their news team

It was Carlson’s first time back in the studio since she was unceremoniously dumped by Fox News and the network’s then-CEO Roger Ailes in June after a successful 11-year career with the cable news giant.

She filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes two weeks later, which was later settled for $20million and a public apology from her former employer.

It also led to the ousting of Ailes after numerous women alleged both publicly and privately that they had been sexually harassed by the 76-year-old executive.

Carlson meanwhile found a new cause to champion as a result of her experience, which she spoke about on Tuesday when asked what she was most looking forward to in the upcoming year.

‘One of the things that I really want to do is give back. I’m setting up a fund to empower women and young girls. And I’m going to be contributing to that,’ said Carlson.

‘And it’s really important for all of us, women and men, to build confidence and to stand up for what we believe in. And in some cases to fight back.’

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Back in action: Gretchen Carlson hosted the third hour of Today on Tuesday morning (above)

Back in action: Gretchen Carlson hosted the third hour of Today on Tuesday morning (above)

New friends: Carlson and Roker mugged for photos backstage ahead of her appearance on Tuesday (above)

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