Fox filed court papers arguing that Carlson was compelled by her contract to adjudicate her claims in arbitration.
On September 6, 2016, 21st Century Fox announced that it had settled the lawsuit with Carlson. As part of the settlement, 21st Century Fox apologized to Carlson, saying that "We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve." In April 2018, Carlson reached a first-look development deal with A&E Networks, under which she would host three documentary specials across its channels, such as Lifetime.
Style Weekly deemed it a coup for WRIC-TV as it was a "low rated channel" at the time.
Next, Carlson was the co-anchor of the Saturday edition of The Early Show on CBS along with Russ Mitchell.
On July 6, 2016, Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in the Superior Court of New Jersey and confirmed on her Twitter account that she was no longer with Fox News.