On April 4, the co-hosts of "The View" discussed the ongoing reports about Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and accusations of sexual harassment at the cable channel (video below).
During the discussion, co-host Jedediah Bila recalled how women were not allowed to wear pants on the air when she worked at Fox News:
You used to go into a room and there were a bunch of dresses that you could choose from. I was told at one point I wasn’t allowed to wear orange because Roger [Ailes] didn’t like the color orange. So I didn't wear orange.
I didn't see any pants. People always say, "Why didn’t you wear pants?" You'll notice I wear pants a lot here. I didn't wear any pants because I didn't see a pants option. I wasn’t given a pants option, so I had to choose skirts.
According to The New York Times, more than a dozen advertisers pulled out of "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News following a report by the newspaper on April 1 that said the cable network paid five women settlements totaling about $13 million after the women accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.
Fox News and 21st Century Fox reps could not be reached for comment, but O’Reilly has maintained that the accusations do not have any merit, and that he is a famous target.
Ex-Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed a lawsuit against Fox News, the cable channel's ex-CEO Roger Ailes and current Fox News co-president Bill Shine on April 3, Law Newz reports.
Roginsky's lawsuit states: "Fox News and Ailes discriminated against Roginsky on the basis of her gender by making her deserved promotion to a regular spot hosting 'The Five' contingent upon having a sexual relationship with Ailes."
Roginsky said in her suit that Shine was at fault for "failing to take reasonable measures to protect Roginsky from the unlawful conduct." Roginsky's lawsuit, also claims that she was retaliated against for refusing to "publicly disparage" former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, and for not getting on "Team Roger" when Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016.
Roginsky also asserted in her lawsuit that Ailes told her to have "sexual relationships with older, married conservative men," because "they may stray but they always come back because they’re loyal."
Roginsky's lawsuit said Ailes often looked down her dress.
Ailes' lawyer Susan Estrich called Roginsky's assertions "nonsense."