What a day for the infotainment industry. A revolutionary one, really, as two of the loudest voices on either side of the cable news aisle were suddenly, shockingly fired from their jobs within hours of one another.
Over at CNN, it was Don Lemon getting the axe after a number of sexist, (and sexual), scandals, as well as a demotion from primetime anchor to a one of three hosts on a morning show that never seemed to gain any traction.
But the big news of the day was Tucker Carlson’s firing over at Fox News where he was still a certifiable superstar for the network.
As the night wore on Monday, more details about Carlson’s situation began to emerge.
A Fox News producer’s discrimination lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp. provides a wider glimpse into the network’s alleged cultural problems, dealings with prominent Republicans and finger-pointing following a $1.6-billion defamation lawsuit.
Abby Grossberg, who has worked in TV news for two decades, sued Fox, Fox News, Tucker Carlson and several producers late Monday, alleging the network is rife with sexist, misogynistic and abusive behavior.
Grossberg’s lawsuit alleges discrimination based on gender, religion and disability. She alleges that “constant bullying and gaslighting” caused her “so much stress and anxiety that her stomach ulcers flared up and she was in excruciating pain.”
Some of the claims were rather serious.
Grossberg worked at Fox News for more than three years, first as a senior booking producer for Maria Bartiromo’s show before switching to become a senior producer and head of bookings for Tucker Carlson’s popular prime-time show in September. (In the lawsuit, she claimed she “was unknowingly demoted” from her senior producer role in late November.)
In the lawsuit, Grossberg contends that she heard male executives make sexist and belittling comments about Bartiromo, including that the financial news anchor was “crazy,” “menopausal,” “hysterical” and a “diva.”
One network official allegedly tried to blame Grossberg for Dominion’s lawsuit against Fox News, accusing her that her “inability to manage a diva [i.e. Bartiromo]” created liability for the network, which resulted in the blockbuster defamation litigation.
Grossberg’s lawsuit is reportedly the reason behind Carlson’s firing, although the popular conservative newsman hasn’t made a statement regarding the situation as of this writing.
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