That Time Gretchen Carlson Walked Off ‘Fox & Friends’ Over Sexism (Video)

Former host says she experienced sexism, and in at least one case, it happened live on camera

Gretchen Carlson named “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News boss Roger Ailes, but it was her other co-host, Brian Kilmeade, whose comment provoked her to playfully storm off set back in 2012.

The comment came following a discussion on the U.S. Navy Band’s decision to allow women to join.

“Women are everywhere,” Kilmeade said, as the show threw to him and Carlson for its headlines segment. “We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.”

Carlson got up, left and said, “You read the headlines, since men are so great,” while laughing.

Visibly thrown off, Kilmeade fired back, “She needed a shower.”

It appeared that Carlson was joking, and she returned to the show following a commercial break. However, Bloomberg Politics has produced a video showcasing a number of times Carlson was objectified on air.

Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes on Wednesday claiming the “Real Story” host refused the Fox News Channel CEO’s sexual advances, and was terminated nine months later “as a direct and proximate result.”

The lawsuit further accuses Doocy of creating a hostile work environment by treating her in a sexist and condescending way. According to the filing, Ailes’ response to the complaint was that Carlson needed to learn to “get along with the boys.”

Ailes, however, called the allegations false.

“This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup,” he said in a statement released Wednesday. “This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously.”

Check out the video above.

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