Fox News Channel seemingly appears to be at the epicenter of corporate turmoil after a slew of sexual assault allegations and high-profile oustings, including Bill O'Reilly. Now, the network has parted ways with Bob Beckel, the co-host of its primetime program, "The Five," Variety reported.
"Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” the network said in a statement.
Fox News' HR department was made aware a complaint of what one person characterized as a "racially insensitive remark" on Tuesday night. After an internal investigation, executives made the decision to part with Beckel on Friday morning.
Douglas Wigdor, the attorney representing the employee who filed the complaint, said Beckel "stormed out of his office" when a black IT employee came to service his computer, "telling our client that he was leaving his office because he was black."
Widgor also alleged that Fox News executives attempted to get the employee to withdraw the complaint.
“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 said.
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