Andrea Tantaros

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Andrea Tantaros
Born
Andreana Kostantina Tantaros[1]

(1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 40)
EducationParkland High School
Lehigh University
University of Paris (The Sorbonne)
OccupationPolitical Analyst
TelevisionThe Five (Fox News Channel)
Outnumbered (Fox News Channel)
Political partyRepublican

Andreana Kostantina Tantaros (born December 30, 1978) is an American conservative political analyst and commentator. She was a co-host of Outnumbered on Fox News Channel, and an original co-host of The Five.[2] She sued Fox News in August 2016, claiming sexual harassment.[3] The case was dismissed in court in May 2018. [4]

Early years[edit]

Tantaros was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she attended Parkland High School.[5] Her father is a Greek immigrant, and her mother is of Italian descent.[6] Her family owned the Pied Piper Diner, where she worked.[7]

She graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in French and journalism, being fluent also in Greek and Spanish.[8] As she was finishing her degree, Andrea worked as an intern for CNN's Crossfire program, when she helped cover the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Her journal notes during the experience depict her advising herself to "Make yourself invaluable. Ask questions...Be a jack of all trades.".[9] She completed her graduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, where she earned a master's degree. After returning from Paris in 2003, Tantaros moved to Washington, D.C..

Career[edit]

Tantaros worked as a spokeswoman for Massachusetts Governor William Weld, then Congressman Pat Toomey and former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas Reynolds. After moving to New York City in 2005, she started Andrea Tantaros Media,[10] which provided crisis management and media strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies and political campaigns.[11]

Tantaros joined Fox News Channel in April 2010 as a political contributor.[11] In 2011, she was named a co-host of The Five. After several months of airing, The Five consistently beat its competitors on MSNBC and CNN combined and by 2013, it was the second-most watched program in cable news.[12]

Tantaros went on to co-host Outnumbered in 2014. After initiating formal complaints of sexual harassment against Fox News personnel, on April 25, 2016, she was pulled from the show for what Fox News said were "contract issues."[13] In August 2016, Tantaros filed a lawsuit claiming that she approached Fox News executives about Roger Ailes sexually harassing her in 2015. She said that her allegations resulted first in her being demoted from The Five to Outnumbered, and then in her being taken off the air in April 2016.[14] The lawsuit also claimed that Bill O'Reilly, Dean Cain, and Scott Brown made inappropriate comments to her, and that Brown and Cain touched her without her consent.[15][16] Her amended complaint, filed on January 29, 2018, contained details intended to back up her claims of a culture of harassment—including spying on employees—at the network.[17] However, that complaint, too, was rejected. On May 18, 2018, Judge George B. Daniels threw her case out, citing lack of "factual support".[18] Tantaros, with no formal legal training, had decided to represent herself in the case after going through three lawyers.[19]

Books[edit]

  • Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable Broadside Books, (2016) 256 pages ISBN 978-0062351869[20]

Tantaros' editor Michael Krechmer filed a lawsuit claiming that he was the ghostwriter of the book, and Tantaros did not pay him the full amount they agreed to.[21] In response, Tantaros insisted that she wrote the book herself, and her attorney at the time indicated his opinion that "We have good reason to believe Fox News is behind this case."[22] Tantaros also claims that he fed information about her (and the book) to Fox News in violation of her confidentiality agreement with him as her editor.[23] The lawsuit was dismissed. [24] Malice appealed the dismissal, and lost the appeal. [25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Outnumbered' panel discuss their monikers". Fox News. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Five - Fox News". Fox News. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Ex-Fox News host from Parkland says she was sexually harassed in lawsuit against Roger Ailes, The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, August 23, 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/business/media/fox-news-andrea-tantaros-lawsuit.html
  5. ^ "Politics as Usual". The Morning Call. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  6. ^ News, Headlines & Global (May 4, 2015). "Andrea Tantaros: Is Fox News Channel's Rising Star The Real Deal? [Profile]". Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mcall.com: Groller's Corner Blog". blogs.mcall.com. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Andrea Tantaros '01 Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Flashback: Andrea Tantaros Reads Excerpts From the Journal She Kept During Her Days as a CNN Intern". Fox News. August 23, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Andrea Tantaros Biography". Dodoodad. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Andrea Tantaros". Fox News. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  12. ^ Summer Of Gutfeld? Strong Ratings For Both Red Eye And The Five. Mediaite. August 30, 2011.
  13. ^ Gauthier, Brendan (April 29, 2016). "Fox News host Andrea Tantaros quietly pulled from daytime show over contract "issues"". salon.com. Salon. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  14. ^ Sherman, Gabriel (August 8, 2016). "Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros Says She Was Taken Off the Air After Making Sexual-Harassment Claims Against Roger Ailes". New York. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ex-Fox News Host Says Scott Brown Put His Hands On Her, Made Sexually Suggestive Comments". CBS News. August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  16. ^ Sutton, Kelsey (August 23, 2016). "Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros sues for sexual harassment". Politico. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  17. ^ "Tantaros2 - Fox News - Rupert Murdoch". Scribd. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  18. ^ "Judge Dismisses Tantaros Lawsuit Against Fox News, Shreds Complaint for Lacking 'Factual Support'". lawandcrime.com.
  19. ^ "After Blowing Through 3 Attorneys, Former Fox Host Andrea Tantaros is Now Representing Herself". lawandcrime.com.
  20. ^ book at amazon.com.
  21. ^ Eriq Gardner (August 11, 2017). "Judge Won't Let Ex-Fox News Star Keep Secret Her Feminism Book Was Ghostwritten by a Man". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  22. ^ "Andrea Tantaros fights claims that ghostwriter penned her book". Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  23. ^ "Andrea Tantaros Ups Ante in Fight Against Fox News". January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  24. ^ "2nd Circ. Affirms Toss Of IP Suit Against Ex-Fox News Host". January 31, 2018.
  25. ^ "2nd Circ. Affirms Toss Of IP Suit Against Ex-Fox News Host". January 31, 2018.

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