Gretchen Carlson used the annual The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast Gala on Wednesday to deliver a powerful speech about her time at Fox News.
The former anchor for the network, who famously sued Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016, took the stage Wednesday morning and slammed NDAs (non-disclosure agreements), hoping they don’t continue to stand in the way of exposing workplace misconduct.
Nicole Kidman plays Carlson in the upcoming film “Bombshell”, based on the women who brought down Ailes. Charlize Theron stars as former Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly.
“At the time I felt all alone, but since then, many more women have found the courage to say enough is enough,” Carlson said. “It’s time to lift our voices. I want my voice back… and I want to protect yours.”
“I know together – we will win this fight,” the TV personality said.
Carlson later presented Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Catch And Kill author, with the Equity in Entertainment Award, calling him an “ally among allies.”
She added, “Ronan, thank you for helping to give silenced groups a voice.”
While accepting his award, Farrow thanked his mother Mia Farrow and his sister Dylan, who in the 1990s accused her adopted father, Woody Allen, of molesting her as a child.
“I’m the person I am because of two brave women in my life, my mother Mia and my sister Dylan,” he said. “They faced the same system that protects powerful and dangerous men, and in so many ways, my mother was so alone in that fight.”
Ronan’s nonfiction book, Catch And Kill, focuses on the struggles he faced while penning his New Yorker article exposing disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
He added, “And how good to know that now, however much more work there is to do, however much change is yet to happen, fewer women have to face these fights alone.”
“Bombshell” is up for four Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Best Cast in a Motion Picture, as well as Charlize Theron for Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture. See Theron’s reaction to her SAG Award nomination here.
“Bombshell” hits big screens Dec. 13.