Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Thursday said that the “corporate culture” at Fox News “obviously has to change,” a day after the network dropped top host Bill O’Reilly amid allegations of sexual harassment against him and an advertiser exodus.
“Corporate culture there obviously has to change,” Palin, a former contributor at the network, said in an interview on CNN. “You know, women don’t deserve — they should not ever have to put up with any kind of intimidating workspace.”
Palin said that women who are “being intimidated and harassed” need 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.”
“As a strong woman, I say, you know, we should feel more empowered than that,” she said. “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.”
Palin said “things are changing quickly” at the network.
“You know, more power to the good things that Fox News is doing but, yep, culture had to change there,” she said.
“Did you ever witness or experience, God forbid, anything like that at Fox?” CNN host Jake Tapper asked.
“I wouldn’t put up with anything that would be perceived as intimidating or harassing,” Palin replied.
“But you said you’re former, so I wonder, was that part of the reason you left?” Tapper asked.
“You can ask them why I’m no longer with Fox,” Palin said. “You know, I’m not going to speak for them. My contract wasn’t renewed. That’s the line.”
“I don’t want to be a jerk, but it sounds like you experienced something,” Tapper said.
“I just — you know, it was just time to part ways,” Palin said.