The statement released by Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was read on air Thursday by Shepard Smith, who reported the story just before 4 p.m. ET.
“Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is responding to a lawsuit filed by lawyers for Gretchen Carlson, calling her allegations false and offensive,” Smith said. “Gretchen Carlson is accusing Ailes of sexual harassment and wrongful termination after the company reports her contract was not renewed in June. She also claims her former co-host, Steve Doocy, created a hostile work environment.”
Smith then read the complete text of Ailes’ statement, which was released Wednesday evening, and reported that Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, “announced it has launched an internal review and has full confidence in both Ailes and Steve Doocy. We’ll be right back.”