Scoop: Fox News Host Melissa Francis Says Network Consultant Told Her To Accept Men Are Paid More Than Women, Sources Say

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Longtime Fox News Channel and Fox Business host Melissa Francis claims that Dianne Brandi, the former General Counsel for the network who is now a consultant who deals with talent contracts (among other things), told her “men make more than women do, that’s just the way it works,” when Francis complained about pay disparity between her and male counterparts.

A source close to situation said they don’t believe Brandi would have said anything like this and that it doesn’t sound like something she would say.

Francis approached the network with a claim of pay disparity discrimination based on gender earlier this year and has been in arbitration with Fox News Media according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Francis has been pulled off the air by Fox News Media (the parent company of both networks) according to three sources familiar with the matter.

In a statement sent via e-mail, Fox News Media said, “FOX News Media regularly considers programming changes, including to its daytime lineup, and will launch new formats as appropriate after the election. These changes are being made independent of any other ongoing matter.”

Francis is the co-host of the Fox News Channel program ‘Outnumbered’ and co-anchor of the Fox Business Network program ‘After The Bell’

This is a developing story…check back for updates.

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