21st Century Fox offered a defense of executive co-chairman Rupert Murdoch, who is under fire for his comments on sexual harassment allegations at Fox News were misunderstood.
In a recent interview on SkyNews, Murdoch was asked if sexual harassment allegations have tainted Fox News. He said that, "its all nonsense," adding that the late Roger Ailes, who ousted as chairman and CEO of Fox News amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment, "sort of" had a problem.
The interview sparked backlash, including from some women who worked at Fox News, like Tamara Holder and Gretchen Carlson.
A spokesperson from 21st Century Fox told the Huffington Post the "nonsense" remark was taken out of context.
“Rupert never characterized the sexual harassment matters at FOX News as ‘nonsense,’” the spokesperson said just a few hours after HuffPost published their original report. “Rather, he responded negatively to the suggestion that sexual harassment issues were an obstacle to the Company’s bid for the rest of Sky.”
Fox currently owns a portion of the U.K. based Sky News and has tried to buy the 61 percent stake it does not own already.
The statement doubled down on Murdoch’s fast action against Ailes, while explaining that the company trained their employees and hired a new human resources head after the incident.
“Rupert values all of the hard-working colleagues at FOX News, and will continue to address these matters to ensure FOX News maintains its commitment to having a work environment based on the values of trust and respect,” the spokesperson said.