The film centres on accusations of sexual harassment levelled at the former chief executive Roger Ailes by Fox News employees, while also depicting a toxic workplace culture imbued with sexism and secrecy. This is a world where women bow to the male gaze. Charlize Theron, playing the anchor Megyn Kelly, is confined to tailored dresses and heavy makeup for her scenes at the studio, in stark contrast to her out-of-office looks. Hence, amping up the attractiveness level of on-air female talent by making them look like they were walking off a catwalk and into a studio. Glam but elegant. Fox News say transparent desks are no longer in use. A Fox News spokesperson has confirmed that no edict exists on what women are required to wear, and pointed out that female Fox News hosts do occasionally wear pants on air, including Greta Van Susteren, Maria Bartiromo and Kelly. Yet this does not mean presenters were necessarily given free rein over their looks. We learned really quickly what was OK. Friel says she thinks she wore trousers twice on air in her six years at Fox News.
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Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. Update: Bombshell won an Oscar for achievement in makeup and hairstyling. This story was originally published December 19, When Anne Morgan began working as the head of the hair department on the new film Bombshell — about the accounts of sexual harassment that helped bring down Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes — she hung an image on the wall of her trailer for inspiration.
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T he new film Bombshell , which recently snagged two Golden Globe and four SAG Awards nominations, tells the true story of the sexual harassment scandal that took down Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News and a kingmaker in the Republican party. Ailes was an imposing personality: He advised right-leaning politicians, including Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, and was said to employ fear tactics in running his business. Ex-employees have said he installed secret surveillance cameras around Fox News offices. In , a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against Ailes by former Fox journalist Gretchen Carlson kickstarted an internal investigation at the news network and, eventually, a wave of sexual harassment claims against Ailes. Megyn Kelly, at the time the rising star at the network, was among the women to report experiencing harassment at the hands of the network head. In total, more than 20 women accused Ailes, and he was forced to resign from his position in July of that year. He died a year later, at In Bombshell , which opens nationwide Dec.
Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson born June 21,  is an American journalist, author, and former television commentator. She graduated from Stanford University with honors before embarking on a career in television. Gaining experience as anchor and reporter for several local network affiliates, she joined CBS News as a correspondent in and became the co-host of the Saturday edition of The Early Show. Her contract with Fox News expired on June 23, Her autobiography, Getting Real , was published in by Viking. Growing up, Carlson was a violinist , who played on radio and television.