In the Midst of Sex Scandal, FOX News Cancels Playboy Shoot

Megyn Kelly (GQ)
Megyn Kelly (GQ)

By Marina Troy

FOX News has cancelled a photo shoot with Playboy. The photo shoot, which was supposed to feature female anchors in lingerie, was cancelled after FOX News executives decided it was bad for the company’s image in the middle of a sex scandal. This wouldn’t be the first time a FOX News anchor has appeared in her underwear. Anchor Megyn Kelly previously did a lingerie photoshoot for GQ.

The FOX News sex scandal, triggered by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson, has already cost former CEO Roger Ailes his job.

The Murdoch family, who owns FOX News, decided to part ways with Ailes after an internal investigation. However, Ailes walked away with a $40 million severance package. Up to 25 women came forward with complaints about sexual harassment after Carlson filed her lawsuit. Carlson said she had to endure demands for sex in exchange for promotion and comments about her body from Ailes and her co-anchors on “FOX and Friends.” Kelly also complained of sexual harassment.

“According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, (Megyn) Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. Kelly, according to the sources, has described her harassment by Ailes in detail,” said Gabriel Sherman, New York magazine writer.

According to the New York Times, female workers at FOX News were expected to have sex with male co-workers if they wanted promotion. They were also set up on dates with older male workers. One female employee said she once accidentally walked in on a young female staffer performing oral sex on a male worker.
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