After Fox News chief Roger Ailes was accused of sexual harassment, questions immediately arose over how seriously the network would take the issue. Reports quickly surfaced that Ailes was getting a $40 million golden parachute and would be retained as a “consultant.”Fox News personalities, including a number of male hosts, spoke up, saying they had never seen the executive harass women privately in his office, as he is accused of doing.
Fox announced Friday that Bill Shine will now serve as one of two co-presidents of the channel, managing the forward-facing elements: talent, programming, and newsgathering. But according to former Fox host Andrea Tantaros, Shine was well aware of the Ailes problem before it came to light.
Tarantos, through her lawyer, told New York Magazine that she complained to Shine and other executives “multiple” times about Ailes’ harassment, beginning in 2014.
“She made multiple harassment and hostile-workplace complaints,” the lawyer said. According to the lawyer, her complaints were not followed up on and she was urged to back down.