On Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly was fired by Fox News after a series of sexual harassment allegations against him came to light. The next day, CNN host Jake Tapper asked former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin about the sexual harassment scandal as well as her own time at Fox News. What happened next was extremely awkward…
“I have to ask you a question and it’s kind of sensitive, but you are in a unique role being a strong woman who worked at Fox News channel as a contributor,” Tapper began, according to The Blaze. “Uhm, and I normally don’t cover a lot of media stories, but obviously the upheaval going on there with the CEO and its biggest star ousted because of sexual harassment, not just an issue at Fox News channel, but an issue across the country. And it seems to be, with what happened with Bill O’Reilly, really a change in corporate culture in terms of what is tolerated. What do you make of it?”
“Well I think the key there is, you said I used to be with Fox,” Palin emphasized, “I used to be with Fox. Corporate culture there obviously has to change, y’know, women don’t deserve, they should not ever have to put up with any kind of intimidating work space.”
“At the same time if a women believes that she is being intimidated and harassed,” she continued, “she needs to stand up and do something about it and not stick around for a paycheck for years and years and years. And then after the fact complain about what she went through. As a strong woman, I say we should be feel more empowered than that. And we should take a stand and get out of the place, or blow the whistle on the whoever is the perpetrator doing the bad stuff so that the culture will change.”
“So yeah, obviously things are changing quickly at Fox News,” Palin added. “There are some great great people who are there, though. And I appreciate what Fox News does, as CNN, you know, adding to the discourse and to the debate, which is a healthy thing for the society. You know, more power to the good things that Fox News is doing. But yep, culture had to change there.”
“Did you ever witness or experience, God forbid, anything like that at Fox?” Tapper asked.
“I, wouldn’t put up with anything that would be perceived as intimidating or harassing,” Palin responded.
“But you said your ‘former,’ so was that part of the reason you left?” the CNN host pressed.
“Uhm,” Palin paused, “you can ask them why I’m no longer with Fox, uhm, y’know I’m not gonna speak for them. My contract wasn’t renewed, that’s um, that’s the line.”
“I don’t want to be a jerk,” Tapper continued, “but it sounds like you experienced something.”
“I just, y’know it was just time to part ways and, and, y’know, get out there, in a, I guess, a more diverse arena to express views and to speak for the public, and that’s what I’ve been to do now,” Palin said.
“Alright, well I’m not going to push any further,” Tapper concluded.
This interaction has raised eyebrows from many viewers who aren’t quite sure what was going on here. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.