Former Fox News staffer says the network 'ruined people's lives' by turning a blind eye to sexual harassment

  • Former Fox News personalities have spoken out against chairman Rupert Murdoch's comments about harassment at the network.
  • Fox argues that it has taken a number of steps to curb harassment in recent months.


Backlash continued to Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch's dismissal of sexual harassment cases at Fox News over the years as "largely political."

Last week, Murdoch said in an interview that it was "nonsense" that the network was harmed by harassment allegations, adding that criticism to the network stemmed from opposition to its "conservative" bent.

"There was a problem with our chief executive, sort of, over the years, outside incidents," Murdoch said. "Soon as we investigated it, it was out of the place in hours. Well, three or four days. And there's been nothing else since then."

Several current and former top Fox News on-air personalities were reportedly furious with Murdoch's comments. In an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday, former Fox News personality Tamara Holder, who settled with Fox News after an executive allegedly tried to force her to perform oral sex on him, said Murdoch and Fox News "allowed abusive predators to prey on women who just wanted to work."

"Fox News ruined people's lives, he ruined my life," Holder said, hypothesizing the network would probably sue her.

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FILE: Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp., third left, speaks to members of the media outside Number One Aldwych hotel after meeting the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, in London, U.K., on Friday, July 15, 2011. For decades, investors, analysts, busybodies, columnists and gossips have loved to chew over the ultimate media-dynasty question: When Rupert Murdoch was at long last forced to step down -- whether for age, coup or scandal -- which of his children would assume the throne of his vast empire? James or Lachlan or Elisabeth? Now we know the answer. Our editors select the best archive images of the Murdoch family. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., listens as U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, speaks at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. For decades, investors, analysts, busybodies, columnists and gossips have loved to chew over the ultimate media-dynasty question: When Rupert Murdoch was at long last forced to step down -- whether for age, coup or scandal -- which of his children would assume the throne of his vast empire? James or Lachlan or Elisabeth? Now we know the answer. Our editors select the best archive images of the Murdoch family. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., walks outside during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 10, 2014. For decades, investors, analysts, busybodies, columnists and gossips have loved to chew over the ultimate media-dynasty question: When Rupert Murdoch was at long last forced to step down -- whether for age, coup or scandal -- which of his children would assume the throne of his vast empire? James or Lachlan or Elisabeth? Now we know the answer. Our editors select the best archive images of the Murdoch family. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall at a Wall Street Journal event on November 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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Rupert Murdoch, co-chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., left, and Lachlan Murdoch, co-chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., arrive for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The 34th annual Allen & Co. conference gathers many of America's wealthiest and most powerful people in media, technology, and sports. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Cai Guo-Qiang, Rupert Murdoch, Kevin Macdonald and Wendi Deng Murdoch attend Bennett Miller, Wendi Murdoch, Jean Pigozzi and Diane von Furstenberg host a screening of the Netflix documentary SKY LADDER: THE ART OF CAI GOU-QIANG at Dolby 88 on November 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Aurora Rose/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Rupert Murdoch leaves the News Corporation building with his son Lachlan Murdoch (R) on July 21, 2016 in New York City. Rupert Murdoch is taking over as Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel after former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes departed the company today amid sexual harassment charges. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)
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The former contributor laid out a number of places she believes Murdoch papered over harassment, pointing out that there were other top figures at the network like former host Bill O'Reilly who were pushed out following harassment allegations.

"There are people like Rupert Murdoch who continue to deny that we were abused, our careers were destroyed, and our lives were destroyed," she said. "This is not political: This is people's lives."

In a statement last week, a 21st Century Fox spokesperson pushed back on the framing of Murdoch's comments, saying Murdoch never characterized the sexual harassment matters at Fox News as nonsense, but "responded negatively to the suggestion that sexual harassment issues were an obstacle to the Company’s bid for the rest of Sky."

"Under Rupert’s leadership and with his total support, the company exited Roger Ailes, compensated numerous women who were mistreated; trained virtually all of its employees; exited its biggest star; and hired a new head of HR," the spokesperson said.

"By his actions, Rupert has made it abundantly clear that he understands that there were real problems at FOX News. Rupert values all of the hard-working colleagues at FOX News, and will continue to address these matters to ensure FOX News maintains its commitment to having a work environment based on the values of trust and respect."

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Gretchen Carlson

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Megan Kelly

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Greta van Susteren

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Andrea Tantaros

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Laurie Dhue

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck 

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Alisyn Camerota 

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Fox has been one of a number of news networks whose stars and senior staff have been faced with harassment allegations.

NBC News and CBS News have also seen shakeups following the removal of top television personalities following revelations of harassment allegations.

And despite the turnover at the network and the lineup changes, Fox News managed to stay on top of the ratings leading in overall viewers and in advertisers coveted demographic of 25-54 year-olds.

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