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Gretchen Carlson's former Fox News show has record-breaking hit after filing a sexual harassment suit against CEO Roger Ailes @ 6:29 pm
On Jul 13, 2016
Gretchen Carlson's former show The Real Story had its highest ratings ever last week, averaging 1.7 million viewers, with 292,000 of those viewers coming in the all important 25-54 demographic.
The show has now averaged 1.5million viewers in the two weeks since Carlson left the program, up from the 1.3million viewers it was pulling in during Carlson's final two weeks on Fox News.
Last week's ratings were no doubt helped by the added interest in the show following Carlson's lawsuit against Roger Ailes and Fox News' coverage of Thursday's tragic shooting in Dallas, but at the same time hurt by the Monday holiday.
The show has had guest hosts fill in for Carlson following her departure, with Kimberly Guilfoyle appearing multiple times in the past two weeks.
Carlson on Monday released a video thanking her supporters.
'Thanks for your love and support, everyone. It means the world to me. #StandWithGretchen,' wrote Carlson as she posted the video to her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
She is wearing the same pink dress in the video that she was photographed wearing on Saturday when she and husband Casey Close attended the very private wedding ceremony of Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis at the Meadowood resort in Napa Valley, California.
Close, a former major league baseball player, was Jeter's agent throughout his entire career.
Carlson and Close have been married since 1997 and the couple have two children.
Also over the weekend, Daily Intelligencer spoke with the women about their alleged encounters with Ailes, four of whom decided to withhold their names citing shame and fear of retribution as their reasons for not revealing their identity.
Three of the women were models at the time of alleged incident, one was a TV producer, one was a media consultant and one was a Republican National Committee field adviser.
One of the models, whose name has been withheld, claims that she met Ailes on the set of The Mike Douglas Show in 1967 when she went to try and get a walk-on part. Ailes was the executive producer of the program at the time.
She alleges that she arrived late in the evening as they were closing up and Ailes took her to his office and locked the door.
'He reclined on a couch in a seating area under a map that had flags of all the cities they were syndicated in,' said the woman, identified as Susan.
'He proceeded to pull down his pants and very gingerly pull out his genitals and said, “Kiss them.” And they were red like raw hamburger.'
Susan, now 66, claims she refused his offer and ran around the office until Ailes 'finally pulled up his trousers.' He then allegedly pulled out a tape recorder and said: 'Don’t tell anybody about this. I’ve got it all on tape.'
'I think he knew I was sixteen,' said Susan.
Barry Asen of Epstein, Becker and Green, who is representing Ailes, said in a statement: 'It has become obvious that Ms. Carlson and her lawyer are desperately attempting to litigate this in the press because they have no legal case to argue.
'The latest allegations, all 30 to 50 years old, are false.'
The accusations made by these women also all occurred well before Ailes was at Fox News.
Kellie Boyle claims that Ailes propositioned her back in 1989 when she was 29 after her husband, who worked at CNBC, introduced the pair.
After that first meeting Boyle, now 54, claims that Ailes invited her to his office in New York City and then out to dinner in Washington DC when the two realized they would be in the capitol at the same time.
It was after that dinner that Boyle claims Ailes propositioned her, allegedly implying that if she went along it would be a benefit to her career.
Boyle claims she was with Ailes' in his car when he said to her: 'You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys.’
He then allegedly began listing women he had been with, referring to the women who are with men in the media and politics worlds as their 'friend'.
Boyle claims she then asked: 'Would I have to be friends with anybody else?'
Ailes allegedly responded by saying: 'Well you might have to give a bl*wj*b every once in a while.'
When she told him she would have to think about, Ailes allegedly said: 'No, if you don’t do it now, you know that means you won’t.'
Boyle said that Ailes called her a few days later and asked: 'Have you changed your mind yet?'
That is when she claims she told Ailes how much she loved her husband and was committed to their relationship.
She did not hear from him again but claims that later on a high-ranking friend in the Republican National Committee said: 'Word went out you weren’t to be hired.'
The popular host of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson (above with Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev in 2014)
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