Fox host Sean Hannity has been accused by three female former Fox news employees of “begging his network [Fox] to rehire an accused sexual predator.”
The “accused sexual predator” in question is former Fox star Bill O’Reilly, was fired from the network in 2017 after several sexual harassment lawsuits were leveled against him by former Fox employees, culminating in millions of dollars in settlements.
Hannity drew the ire of the three former employees, Gretchen Carlson, Diana Falzone, and Julie Roginsky when he hosted O’Reilly on his radio show Tuesday and told O’Reilly that “I keep offering you, go back on Fox … So that you take the number one slot.”
Carlson, Falzone, and Roginsky, who recently settled sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits against the network, released a statement responding to Hannity’s indication that he’s been advocating for O’Reilly’s return to the network.
“It is ironic that a man accused of sexual harassment over the course of many years by many different women is being courted to return to Fox News by its most prominent on-air personality, while his many victims and other survivors of sexual harassment at that same network continue to be bound by onerous confidentiality provisions that prevent them from disclosing what those harassers said or did to them.”
The three blasted the network’s “no-rehire provisions” that prevent more than 20 Fox accusers from getting their jobs back and declared that “This exchange once again demonstrates how far we have yet to go in ensuring that survivors of sexual assault and harassment are treated with even the modicum of respect and deference that Sean Hannity has shown an alleged serial predator.”
Hannity has yet to respond directly to the accusations.
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