Fox News Personalities Line Up to Defend Roger Ailes

By A.J. Katz 

If the best defense is a good offense, then Fox News knows how to play the game.

Since former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes last Wednesday 9 current female Fox News anchors and two former hosts, have gone public in their defense of Ailes. In addition, Sean Hannity and Brit Hume have tweeted their support and today Neil Cavuto, who is home recovering from open heart surgery, penned an op-ed about the character of Roger Ailes.

Here are the interviews so far:

  • Thursday: Jeanine Pirro called Carlson’s lawsuit “absurd” in an interviews with The Wrap and The New York Times.
  • Thursday: Greta Van Susteren told The Daily Beast she wouldn’t work at Fox “if this were a weird place like that.”
  • Saturday: Maria Bartiromo defended Ailes in an interview with Variety.
  • Sunday: Kimberly Guilfoyle expressed “total disbelief” when she learned of the accusations and lawsuit during an interview with TVNewser.
  • Monday: Guilfoyle talked with Brietbart.
  • Monday: Martha MacCallum, Sandra Smith and Merecedes Colwin came to his defense in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Monday: Harris Faulkner, Ainsley Earhardt and MacCallum defended Ailes in an interview with Mediaite.

Additionally, former Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke with ET and former Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Kiran Chetry took to Facebook to defend Ailes.

Megyn Kelly is the network’s highest-profile female personality, but she has yet to publicly comment on the matter. Cable news icon Bill O’Reilly also has yet to go on the record.