The deal allows the 24-year-old pundit to be freed from her employment contract — which was to expire in September — and pursue new work that competes with The Blaze. She also gets to keep the Facebook page that The Blaze created for her, and on which she has amassed 4.3 million followers.
Lahren will “promptly” return The Blaze’s “intellectual property” that was posted to the Facebook page, said her lawyer, Brian Lauten. In court hearings, Lauten had offered to delete all of the videos produced by The Blaze off the Facebook page, which would include some of Lahren’s most popular posts. Some had been watched more than 67 million times.
“Ms. Lahren is relieved to have this litigation behind her,” Lauten said in a statement. “She looks forward to connecting with her audience and fan base on the pressing political issues facing our country in the days to come.”
The Blaze suspended production on Lahren’s show Tomi last March after she made an appearance on ABC’s The View, during which she declared support for legalized abortion and suggested that pro-life conservatives were hypocritical for opposing it. Although Lahren remained under contract and continued to draw a paycheck, she filed a wrongful termination suit against The Blaze after being taken off the air. Shortly after, the network filed a counter suit in which it claimed that Lahren violated the terms of her contract by publicly making false claims that she had been fired. Some former co-workers (who chose to remain anonymous) also leaked details to the media about Lahren’s diva-like behavior on set, including rude demands that staffers heat up her “butt warmer” before each show.
Ah, Tomi. Haven’t we all been there?
Most of the settlement details are being kept under wraps, but it seems to be that Lahren isn’t walking away with much more than she brought to the Blaze in the first place. Sure, the Facebook fan page could potentially be a valuable commodity, but the fact that no cash payout was even mentioned is telling. My guess is that she got whatever the remaining value of the contract was, and not much else–which shows that Lahren really didn’t have much of a leg to stand on with her wrongful termination lawsuit, and that The Blaze was well within their rights to act as it did.
So what does it all mean for Lahren? Well, rumor has it that she might end up landing at a new conservative network that’s being floated to potential investors–but that would be a ways off even under a best-case scenario. I suppose it’s also possible that another cable network might snap her up as a bit of stunt casting, maybe pairing her with a Ron Burgundy type and letting the sparks fly. I wouldn’t rule out a stint as a judge on America’s Got Talent, either.
Wherever she ends up, though, we can be sure of one thing: she won’t be wearing sleeves when she gets there.