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Fox News Host Reveals the Biggest Challenge of Her Career: 'I Never Envisioned the Hate That Would Come


"It was like my whole resume just fell off the face of the Earth."

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: (L-R) Fox & Friends hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on July 19, 2013 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who co-hosted "Fox & Friends" before landing her own daytime show called, "The Real Story," recently told The Church Boys podcast that her biggest challenge has been overcoming the stereotypes that have surrounded her.

"After becoming Miss America at only 22 years old, I never envisioned the hate that would come with that ... and, specifically, getting into TV news," Carlson said. "It was like my whole resume just fell off the face of the Earth — and being a graduate of Stanford, and valedictorian of my high school class, and an accomplished violinist — it was like ... nobody wanted to talk about that."

She continued, "They just wanted to call me a bimbo who had become Miss America."

Listen to Carlson discuss her life and her new book "Getting Real," which releases on Tuesday, below (interview starts at the 32:00 mark):

Carlson, who discusses these subjects among many others in the book, described the wonderful life lessons that she learned growing up in a Minnesota church that her grandfather pastored.

"He was a great preacher and I loved going to church because it was like seeing a rock star in the pulpit," she said, noting that her granddad, a Lutheran minister, saw the church grow from 800 members to more than 8,500 during his tenure.

As for Carlson, she said that she was heavily involved in the church, teaching Sunday school and volunteering

"I learned really great life lessons growing up, and it's the same things I'm trying to pass around to my children," she said, noting that both she and her husband teach Sunday school at their current church.

Both in her book and in the interview with The Church Boys, Carlson also said that she doesn't know what the future holds and expressed her interest in both politics and the pulpit.

"I'm a huge believer in still going after goals and trying to achieve new things, and I do mention [in the book] that I'm not really sure what the future holds for me," she said. "Right now I'm doing a national TV show, but I actually mention the possibility of me in the pulpit. You never know. I love the thought of that. I'm not sure it would become a reality."

Carlson said that her life has been a "series of unexpected twists and turns."

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