But published reports about the real-life scandal depict Guilfoyle, 50, as having a leading role in efforts to rally support for the embattled network chief. It’s also not clear whether there ever was a real-life “Team Roger” T-shirt drive, but Guilfoyle stayed steadfastly loyal to Miles throughout the scandal, Vanity Fair writer Gabriel Sherman and others reported.
During this time, Ali reports, Guilfoyle began to call other female on-air staffers and to ask them to make supportive statements about Miles publicly. Both Ali and Sherman reported that the network investigated Guilfoyle ’s role in pressuring female colleagues to publicly defend Miles.
Two sources also told Ali that Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, wanted to push Guilfoyle out in the summer of 2016 after hearing about her campaign to support Miles. Jr. and KimberlyGuilfoyle listen to President Donald Trump as he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly in September.
Shortly after leaving Fox News, Guilfoyle accepted a position as vice chair of the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action and is a senior adviser for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. Bombshell is out in theaters now and gives an eye-opening look at the fall of one of the most powerful media moguls, Roger Miles.
Bombshell stars Charlie Theron as Megan Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, and Margot Robbie as the fictional Kayla Hospital. Free London also stars a KimberlyGuilfoyle, the former Fox News co-host of The Five who is now dating Donald Trump Jr. She talked with HollywoodLife about her intense research process to play Kimberly.
She did write a book called Making the Case, which helped me a lot. It wasn’t about her political beliefs or anything to do with her current position in the White House.
So it was more about her childhood, her journey through college, her first job, her values, her relationship to her parents, things like that. I’m more interested in how the person thinks and feels and not necessarily just what their political beliefs are.
“That was really important to me, to not try to imitate but to try to find the essence of her mannerisms,” Free continued. Even her bodily relation toward her co-host I found very interesting as well as her voice and the way she carries herself.
Free hopes Bombshell will inspire anyone to “speak their truth or come forward” about sexual harassment or “give them the courage” to do so. I think a lot of people still don’t, but these women against all odds stood up and spoke their truth.
According to a bombshell new report this week, the reason that KimberlyGuilfoyle was let go from Fox News was because she was a lewd and vile person to her staff. When Donald Trump Jr. began dating then Fox host, KimberlyGuilfoyle.
Most of us assume that shortly after that, when she left her job at Fox News, it was because she was in fact, uh, sleeping with the son of the President of the United States, which obviously presents quite a big conflict of interest. If your job is to go on TV and talk about the news, including the president, can’t really do it objectively way, you know, under the circumstances.
She left the network, uh, because she was facing some pretty serious accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct by female employee. So here is from Jane Mayer’s reporting, and she actually received a draft copy of the complaint against Guilfoyle.
The woman was hired in 2015, just out of college to work as an assistant for Guilfoyle and another former Fox host Eric Bowling, according to a dozen well-informed sources, familiar with her complaints, the assistant alleged that Guilfoyle her direct supervisor subjected her frequently to degrading abusive and sexually inappropriate behavior among other things. And I’m going to get to that in a second, but I’m also just kind of wondering at this point, um, not only is that obviously sexual harassment, but does Guilfoyle just have like a Dick encyclopedia of every man she’s ever slept with or something.
Anyway, continues the draft complaint also alleged that Guilfoyle spoken separately and luridly about her sex life. Other times she said, Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employees, demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men.
Gee, I wonder where gear foil would get that idea, asked her to critique her body demanded that she share a room with her on business trips were required her to sleep over at her apartment and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable. And they like you for it, find whatever do it behind closed doors with consenting people, but subjecting your employee to this who knows that if they speak out, they’re going to be punished for it.
And it took Fox a couple of years to finally give Guilfoyle the acts for her disgusting behavior. As I have said, far too many times at this point, Fox News has created a culture of sexual harassment and misconduct that has been going on for decades.
Barron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. Barron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009.
With two Golden Globe nominations already under its belt for actresses Charlie Theron and Margot Robbie, Bombshell,” released in Ireland on January 24, 2021, has hit the awards-season ground running. Yet while the incredible transformation of Charlie Theron into Megan Kelly has filled many column inches before the release, the wider female cast of the much-anticipated film is one to be reckoned with, including Kate MacKinnon and newcomer Free London as former Fox host and Roger Miles ally KimberlyGuilfoyle.
The current girlfriend of First Son Donald Trump Jr., Guilfoyle ’s star has only risen since her controversial departure from her role as presenter on The Five on Fox. Yet back in the days in which Bombshell is set, the daughter of an Irish immigrant was still a prominent figure at the cable news channel and one of the FOX employees who vehemently stood with CEO Roger Miles when he was accused of sexual assault by several female employees.
“She was such a controversial character and although I don't believe with all of her political beliefs and exactly what she stands for politically, she has a very strong character,” actress Free London told Irish Central ahead of Bombshell ’s US release on December 13. One of the fortunate parts of playing a TV presenter and such a prominent media figure is that London had plenty of physical material to rely on when researching the role.
Having spent twelve years working for Fox, there were hours and hours of interviews and appearances to watch to get a feel for Guilfoyle ’s personality and mannerisms, aiding London to discover what it was that drove the former wife of a Democratic mayor who now represents a Republican government. “She wrote a book that I read, which was very interesting and gave me a lot of insight into how she thought,” added London.
And among these many interviews was plenty about her upbringing as the daughter of two immigrants, another factor that Guilfoyle claims shaped her. I worked in the shop, which sold lovely china and Waterford Crystal.
It instilled a sense of responsibility in me, putting in the hours and earning the money. “My late father Anthony Guilfoyle left Ireland in his twenties and went to work in America.
And the memory of her parents is one that Guilfoyle still keeps with her, the many interviews she gave about them leading the family-orientated persona that London felt from her. “She talks about it a lot, and especially in her book, how that completely changed her mindset growing up and seeing the father work so many jobs and become successful and do everything from the ground up,” London says of her.
When the trailer was first released, many were amazed at the outstanding comparison between Theron playing Megan Kelly but London also had fun in her Guilfoyle physical transformation. It was so fun to kind of literally step into her shoes every day,” London tells Irish Central.
Charlie Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie in Bombshell.” Of course, playing a living person, especially one now thrust into the public eye so often due to her links with a White House constantly under the media spotlight, comes with its difficulties.
In the opening of the trailer, Jess Carr (played by “SNL” star Kate MacKinnon) tells Kayla Hospital (an invented character played by Oscar-nominated Margot Robbie) that she has to “adapt the mentality of an Irish street cop. Later in the trailer, KimberlyGuilfoyle, played by Free London, is seen telling Fox News employees to “get it on, put it on” while doling out t-shirts that read “TEAM ROGER.” Guilfoyle worked as a host at Fox News from 2006 until early 2018, spanning the era of the Roger Miles controversy.
The new film Bombshell, which recently snagged two Golden Globe and four SAG Awards nominations, tells the true story of the sexual harassment scandal that took down Roger Miles, the head of Fox News and a kingmaker in the Republican Party. Miles was an imposing personality: He advised right-leaning politicians, including Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, and was said to employ fear tactics in running his business.
In Bombshell, which opens nationwide Dec. 20, Nicole Kidman plays Carlson, who, after filing her suit, largely watches and waits on the sidelines hoping that other women at Fox will bolster her credibility with their own claims. Charlie Theron plays Kelly, debating whether to risk the future of her career by coming forward with her own story.
And Margot Robbie plays a fictional character named Kayla who hopes to one day be a Fox TV anchor but faces harassment at the hands of Miles (John Lithgow) and a culture of misogyny at the network. The film, which is directed by Jay Roach (Thumb, Meet the Parents) and moves at a clip like The Big Short (with which it shares a screenwriter) has a star-studded ensemble cast: Allison Janna, Connie Britton and Kate MacKinnon all show up in supporting roles.
In 1996, Rupert Murdoch (played in the film by Malcolm McDowell), who was at the time the chairman and CEO of News Corp, hired Miles to launch Fox News. Miles hired and mentored pugnacious right-wing commentators like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, whose opinion-forward shows grew to dominate the news network.
The brothers were attending the Sun Valley Conference, an annual gathering of the rich and powerful, when the news of Carlson’s suit broke. With their father absent, the brothers consulted in-house counsel and decided to conduct an internal investigation into the sexual harassment claims.
The week the lawsuit dropped, Roger Miles’ wife, Beth Miles (played in Bombshell by Connie Britton) contacted KimberlyGuilfoyle, a Fox News co-host, to help marshal support at the network for the Fox News head, according to Vanity Fair. In the movie, Guilfoyle (now Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend) is portrayed distributing profiles t-shirts, demanding that women around the office put them on.
Other women at Fox spoke out on Miles’ behalf, including Greta Van Sustain (Anne Ramsay) and Jeanine Piero (Alana Bach), who both hosted their own shows on the network. At least 20 women came forward to the lawyers conducting the internal investigation or Carlson’s own attorneys with stories of harassment at the hands of Miles.
Kelly met with the lawyers conducting the internal investigation and shared that Miles had harassed her 10 years earlier. In order to find out if that’s the case, she visits with a young aspiring anchor named Kayla, played by Margot Robbie, who reveals to her in confidence that Miles is, indeed, harassing her.
But the younger journalists are included in the story to show how the reign of terror affected the women who were less powerful than Megan Kelly and other anchors at Fox, and how they were forced to decide between their blossoming careers and stepping forward to protect themselves and their colleagues.