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Carlson calls O'Reilly treatment by Fox 'horrifying'

Posted at 9:34 AM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 09:34:10-04

(CNN) - The New York Times reported Fox News renewed former host Bill O'Reilly's contract earlier this year not long after he paid $32 million to Lis Wiehl, a colleague who threatened to sue him for alleged sexual misconduct.

Gretchen Carlson, a former FOX News anchor, sued her ex-boss Roger Ailes last year, claiming harassment and retaliation.

During an appearance on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Carlson said she was upset to hear the report about O'Reilly's renewal.

"I think it's horrifying and outrageous that any company, after dismissing somebody for allegations such as that, would not only resign a contract but allow that person to come back on the air," she said. 

"It's outrageous, and it's one of the reasons that I wanted to make sure that I chronicled so many other women's stories in my book because now we are on a movement, we are on a movement to speak up and be heard and there's no turning back for women in the workplace. Why should women have the American Dream taken away from them? We work just as hard as anyone else and it's time that it stops," she added.

O'Reilly, who was fired from Fox in April over multiple sexual harassment claims, denies he mistreated anyone and tweeted that he plans to address the issue on Monday.

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