Fox News has been trying to navigate through tough times amid several scandals involving accusations of sexual harassment, and now they were just forced to let another host go over allegedly racist remarks.
Fox has had a rough year between firing its founder Roger Ailes, who unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, and terminating its number-one anchor Bill O’Reilly over mere accusations. But apparently, its management is at least staying consistent in how it treats its staff.
Mediaite is reporting that the network just unexpectedly fired “The Five” host Bob Beckel after he was accused of making a racist remark to a black co-worker.
Now, the law firm representing that employee—as well as more than a dozen other current and former employees in discrimination lawsuits against Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox— is bashing the network for not giving the whole story. Attorneys Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, who represent the employee who Beckel reportedly insulted, gave a little more detail in a message sent to LawNewz.com.
“Mr. Beckel stormed out of his office when our client, a Black [sic] IT employee came to service his computer, telling our client that he was leaving his office because he is Black,” the attorneys said in a statement. They also allege that when their client went to lodge a complaint against Beckel, Fox News Chief Human Resource Officer Kevin Lord tried to intimidate him and convince him to withdraw the complaint.
From a FOX News spokesperson:
“As Mr. Wigdor knows, Fox News made the decision to terminate Mr. Beckel after a prompt and thorough investigation. His client raised the complaint to Kevin Lord, EVP Human Resources, on Tuesday evening via email and within 7 minutes Mr. Lord responded and began the investigation. Today, Fox News delivered that message to Mr. Beckel and facilitated an apology from Mr. Beckel to the employee minutes after he was terminated. No one tried to persuade Mr. Wigdor’s client to withdraw his complaint.”
So that’s that. For those irritated by Beckel, you no longer have to worry about his unhinged leftist talking points. Then again, he’ll likely be replaced by Juan Williams, and he’s not much better.
But apparently the new environment at Fox is to fire people first and worry about the facts later. How liberal of them.