On Thursday, former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who served as a political commentator at Fox News from 2010 to 2015, was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper for her perspective on the recent developments at the network involving sexual harassment.
“Well, I think the key there is you said I used to be with Fox. I used to be with Fox,” Palin stressed. “Corporate culture there obviously has to change. Women … should not ever have to put up with any kind of intimidating work space.”
“At the same time, if a woman believes she is being intimidated and harassed, she needs to stand up and do something about it, not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years and then after the fact complain about what she went through,” Palin added.
“As a strong woman, I say, you know, we should be – feel more empowered than that and we should, you know, take a stand and get out of the place or, you know, blow the whistle on whoever is the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change. I wouldn’t put up with anything that would be perceived as intimidating or harassing.”
On Wednesday, star anchor Bill O’Reilly was officially dismissed from his position at Fox after a New York Times investigation was published one week prior which exposed multiple payouts had been made to silence women who accused him of sexual harassment over the years.
Palin reportedly left the network “amicably” in 2015 and responded with a soft “no,” when Tapper asked her if the climate at Fox had led to her parting ways. “You know I’m not going to speak for them,” she said. “My contract wasn’t renewed – that’s the line.”