In discussing the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Fox host Gregg Jarrett inadvertently slammed his own scandal-ridden network.
Fox host Gregg Jarrett probably didn’t mean to imply that his own network ought to shut down, but that’s exactly what he did.
While discussing the growing sexual abuse scandal surrounding Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Jarrett referenced an op-ed he wrote, in which he declared that “The Weinstein Company should immediately shut-down its operations and permanently close its doors.”
Jarrett also said the company should use its assets to build a “compensation fund” for the women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault. And he called out the company’s “illegal contract” with Weinstein, which Jarrett noted “deliberately enabled Weinstein to sexually harass women and allowed him to cover-up the abusive conduct by paying off his victims … he must merely reimburse the company for any damages it incurs and pay a fine.”
Jarrett reiterated these sentiments on Fox and Friends.
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The other thing — I wrote a column that said the Weinstein Company should shut its doors, and do three things: Apologize sincerely; two, set up a fund for the many victims, and the list will continue to grow; and finally, contribute tens of millions of dollars to organizations that are dedicated to helping abused women. And then, it should close down operations.
As far as the Weinstein Company is concerned, certainly many people, including on the left, would agree with Jarrett’s assessment of what ought to happen next after dozens of women in Hollywood came forward with their stories of abuse at Weinstein’s hands.
But hearing such declarations from a Fox News employee is galling. Apparently, Jarrett is unaware or unconcerned that his statements could also be said about his own company.
Following in the hypocritical footsteps of others at the channel in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, Jarrett is conveniently ignoring the mountain of abuse allegations against both his former co-worker Bill O’Reilly and his former boss, Roger Ailes.
O’Reilly, Fox’s highest-rated former star, was finally fired by the network when his behavior threatened the one thing Fox cares about: their financial bottom line. After reports emerged that Fox had made $13 million in hush-money payments to women O’Reilly had allegedly harassed, a grassroots organization took aim at Fox’s advertisers. With the coffers at risk, O’Reilly was finally shown the door — though not without invitations to visit.
And Fox News chief Ailes was also the subject of numerous complaints of racial discrimination and disturbing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by women who worked at the network, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.
If Jarrett and others at his network were truly so concerned with the pain and abuse women suffer at the hands of a serial sexual harasser, one wonders where that empathy was during scandals that hit much closer to home, over years and years.
Because if it really were the former, and not the latter, then according to the assessment of people like Jarrett, the next company on the list that ought to “shut-down operations” and hand over their assets to victims would be the one that signs his paychecks.