Head of Fox News Roger Ailes Obsessed with Female Hosts' Legs, Says New Book

| by Michael Allen

The Loudest Voice in the Room, Gabriel Sherman's new biography of Roger Ailes, shows a history of sexism during the TV career of the Fox News CEO.

According to Sherman, Ailes always wanted to see the female anchors' legs on Fox News programs.

This appeared to be confirmed by Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who admitted in September 2013 how "pants were not allowed on Fox & Friends," notes RawStory.com (video below).

reports that the book claims:

Anchor Bob Sellers remembered Ailes once calling the control booth. I was doing the weekend show with [former Fox News reporter] Kiran Chetry. He called up and said, "Move that damn laptop, I can't see her legs!"

Sherman also writes that Ailes was eager to see former Fox News host Catherine Crier's legs:

"Be more opinionated," he told Crier in one meeting. "The guests are there as a foil for you." He also disagreed with her dress. "He had admiration for her legs," a senior executive said. In one meeting, Ailes barked, "Tell Catherine I did not spend x-number of dollars on a glass desk for her to wear pant suits."

Sherman also quotes an unidentified Fox employee saying, "This is Fox News, so anytime there's a chance to show off Megyn Kelly's legs they'll go for it."

Sherman writes of Ailes' obsession with female legs when creating Fox News' "The Five":

He said, "I've always wanted to do an ensemble concept,'" a close friend said. "He said, 'I wanted a Falstaff, and that's Bob Beckel. I need a leading man, and it's Eric Bolling. I need a serious lead and that's Dana Perino. I need a court jester and it's Greg [Gutfeld], and I need the leg. That's Andrea Tantaros."

The New York Daily News reports that Sherman claims in his book that Ailes often complained about the female talent that he hired:

He complained about The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros, who was a former political consultant. "She's pretty, but did she ever get anyone elected, even a dog catcher?" When Gretchen Carlson's name came up, Ailes pointed out she was once Miss America, then added, "It must not have been a good year."

Sources: MediaMatters.org, RawStory.com, New York Daily News