During his Fox News Radio program today, Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade remarked that Fox hires female hosts by looking at “the Victoria's Secret catalogue” and asking, “Can any of these people talk?” Kilmeade's comment came in response to a caller who complimented his guest, Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Alisyn Camerota, and the person who hired “all the women of Fox.”
Listen to Kilmeade's remark from today's Kilmeade & Friends:
As Media Matters has documented, Fox News has a history of sexism on-air and behind the scenes. Kilmeade himself has frequently offered sexist commentary during his other hosting duties on Fox News' Fox & Friends. When Kilmeade was criticized for one such remark in June, he defended himself by claiming that people don't understand he was just having fun.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes has previously said that he's considered whether a woman is “attractive” enough for on-air work.
From the November 16 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:
CALLER: Well, you and all the women of Fox, I don't know who was the scout that got you guys, but they -- they rock.
ALISYN CAMEROTA: It was Brian. But thank you very much, that's very sweet.
KILMEADE: It was -- it was, it was actually, we go into the Victoria's Secret catalogue and we said, “Can any of these people talk?”
CAMEROTA: You're so --
KILMEADE: And they all could, and they all went to college.
CAMEROTA: You're so crazy, Brian.
KILMEADE: I am not crazy.