Formerly of Fox News, Gretchen Carlson teases guest host ‘announcements’ – tongues wag over network

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson announced she will be a guest host on the “Today” show on January 3.

Carlson, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Chairman and CEO of Fox News Roger Ailes this summer, shared the news on her Twitter on Friday, adding that she would be making “announcements.”

The guest host slot of the NBC show’s 9 a.m. hour is for one-time and Carlson is not in talks for a larger role at “Today” an insider told Variety.

This will mark Carlson’s first on-air hosting since the sexual harassment suit in July that sparked a domino effect of multiple women coming forward with allegations that ultimately resulted in Ailes’ resignation. Carlson reportedly received a $20 million settlement, plus a public apology from the network.

The previous co-anchor of the 9 a.m. hour on “Today” was Billy Bush, who came under fire after leaked audio tapes revealed him with then-GOP nominee Donald Trump making vulgar comments about women. Since Bush’s departure, the hour has been hosted by Tamron Hall, Al Roker and usually a guest.

Some viewers voiced complaints about the venue choice for Carlson’s television comeback. Her former colleague, Greta Van Susteren, may also be headed to territory not approved of by her former Fox News fans as speculation arose over a contract offer from MSNBC.

Though some on Twitter were not happy about Carlson appearing on NBC, many responded to her announcement with excitement and praise.

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