Following Bill O'Reilly's monumental flameout at Fox News this week, the notorious right-wing cable network was faced with the difficult decision of selecting which of its personalities will replace O'Reilly. Trevor Noah and his show helped make the decision a little easier by producing a satirical audition tape highlighting some of the most outrageously misogynistic exchanges that happened on-air on Fox News. The Daily Show's "audition tape" for Fox News is a supercut of some of the most flagrantly sexist moments that took place on their shows, featuring some of the network's most famous personalities, including Tucker Carlson, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel, and Brian Kilmeade.
Lewd comments about women's bodies, seeming approval of statutory rape, and, somehow, a sexual innuendo involving carrots were just a few of the horrendous things mentioned. There was even a cameo from Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, who was asked what he thought about "this," as an anchor gestured at a woman's body.
It was also impossible to miss the way that women were dressed throughout the video (mostly because the men wouldn't stop commenting on it). Most major networks, including Fox, as illuminated by a 2012 interview with Glamour, have wardrobe departments that choose the clothes that the anchors will wear. And the attention that the men in the video paid to their female coworkers' outfits shed light on how that process might affect the women who end up wearing the clothes.
LEAKED: Fox News 8pm anchor audition tape. pic.twitter.com/k7JHKSDgAt— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) April 20, 2017
It seems that the company has a culture problem. O'Reilly and Fox News' former founding CEO, Roger Ailes, were each cut loose from the company after allegations of sexual harassment were levied against them. (Both Ailes and O'Reilly have repeatedly denied all claims.) Even Sarah Palin, who only worked with the network for a short time, admitted that the "corporate culture [at Fox News] obviously has to change," and appeared cagey when asked about whether she had experienced any sexual harassment while working there.
The video pointed to a troubling pattern of behavior at Fox News that suggests that its problems run deeper than the allegations against O'Reilly.
The network chose Carlson to replace O'Reilly in the coveted 8 p.m. ET time slot, but as The Daily Show's video indicates, some might take issue with Carlson, too. If the public chooses to get as riled up about Carlson as they did about O'Reilly, advertisers could pull out and Fox News would find itself in the exact same problem again. The Daily Show's video suggests that Fox News might have a bigger problem on its hands — one that goes beyond public relations.