TV Pioneer Lucy Salhany: ‘Rupert Murdoch Called Me a Feminazi’

Dec 8, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Lucy Salhany, a pioneer among women in television who signed Oprah Winfrey and helped start Roger Ailes’ career, says Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Fox News led her to leave the business, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Rupert called me a feminazi, because I was a Democrat and liked Hillary [Clinton],” Salhany says in the piece. “Dawn Steel and I would be looking at a monitor and Hillary would be on and he’d say, ‘You like her, don’t you?’ In meetings, I’d say something, and he would say, ‘Well, what does your husband think?'”

THR adds: “Though the relationship between the two was strained, she helped change the trajectory of Murdoch’s career in a profound way when she introduced him to Ailes, whom she knew from her Cleveland TV days.”

We encourage readers to click on the link above to THR to read its profile of Salhany, the first woman to head a broadcast network.


  1. Lucy is a really nice lady … from the old days at UPN — the real Nazi here is Rupert “the Pirate” Murdoch … he is one of the most self centered a-holes that came out of Hollywood (well, Australia originally … home of the original British prison system in the early 1800s – so, it must in Murdoch’s blood to be a pirate) –

  2. Lucy Salhany says Murdoch called her a feminazi. Curious. Why didn’t she deny it if it wasn’t true. And why didn’t Murdoch respond to her allegations? Or perhaps TV Week only got part of the story and we have to read THR for “the rest of the story”.

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