Fox News Host Fired – AGAIN – for Racially Charged Comment (VIDEO)
Fox News announced Friday that it has fired Democratic strategist Bob Beckel after he allegedly made a racially charged comment to an African-American employee, USA Today reports.
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Fox didn’t offer any details on the case, but Douglas Wigdor, the employee’s lawyer said Beckel “stormed out” of his office Tuesday, when the employee, came to work on his computer. Beckel said he was leaving his office because the employee is black, Wigdor added.
He also alleged that Beckel tried to intimidate his client in an effort to get him to withdraw his complaint during a meeting with Fox executive Kevin Lord. Fox denies anyone has tried to intimidate the employee into withdrawing his complaint and added that after being fired, Beckel apologized to the man.
This is a weird conundrum. Beckel is a liberal, yet if he really did say this, he’s a racist liberal. Who worked at Fox News. This does not compute. I don’t see how anyone can call themselves a liberal if they make racist comments. But then that’s just me, I suppose.
And he had just been rehired in January.
Wigdor, and Jeanne Christensen an attorney are handling the case as part of a larger lawsuit by current and past employees, CNN reports.
“As with our other 22 clients, we intend on holding 21st Century Fox accountable for these actions and will be filing multiple other complaints in other matters next week,” Wigdor and Christensen said.
A Fox News spokesperson responded in a statement that the network “made the decision to terminate Mr. Beckel after a prompt and thorough investigation.”
“No one tried to persuade Mr. Wigdor’s client to withdraw his complaint,” the spokesperson said.
This is not the first time that Beckel, co-host of Fox News’s The Five, has run into problems. In 2014, he apologized after uttering a racist slur against Asian people while on the air, The Hill reports. And this is the second time he’s been canned by Fox News. In 2015, the former campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s unsuccessful 1984 presidential bid against Ronald Reagan was fired due to “personal issues” which stemmed from his addiction to painkillers and months spent in rehab.
Former Fox News co-President Bill Shine was executive vice president of programming at the time, and for him, Beckel’s “personal issues” were a bit too much, and he said the network refused to be “held hostage” to his “personal issues,” CNN reports.
“He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him,” Shine said in a statement at the time.
The Five is a round-table opinion program that had recently been bumped from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the aftermath of Bill O’Reilly’s firing over sexual harassment allegations.
A Fox News spokesperson said that Juan Williams, who writes for The Hill and has worked as Beckel’s backup at The Five, will fill his role for the time being.
Watch the video below for another take on his firing.
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