Gretchen Carlson called out her former employer, Fox News, on Saturday for allowing Bill O'Reilly back on the air after sexual harassment allegations came to light earlier this year.
"Its horrifying to think that any company would dismiss an employee following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and then allow him back on the air a few months later," Carlson said in a statement.
O'Reilly was fired in April as the sexual harrassment controversy refused to let up on the longtime Fox News evening anchor. He has long denied any wrong-doing, and in September he made his first appearance on Fox News since his ouster on Sean Hannity's show.
Carlson's comments came right after a New York Times report that O'Reilly paid $32 million to settle sexual harassment allegations against him at the beginning of 2017, and that Fox News had offered him a new contract a month later despite knowing about the claims.
Carlson filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against former Fox News' chief executive officer Roger Ailes in July 2016. Her suit was eventually settled in Sept. 2016 for a reported sum of $20 million. Ailes was ousted from Fox amid the controversy and died at the age of 77 in May.