Rock star Gene Simmons has been banned for life from Fox News and Fox Business Network, according to The Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast on Thursday reported that Simmons received the blacklisting after visiting Fox News’s headquarters in New York City the day before.
Simmons’ behavior during Wednesday’s stop prompted his picture to get posted at the security entrance of the Manhattan building alongside a “do-not-admit” advisory afterwards.
A knowledgeable Fox News source told The Daily Beast that Simmons on Wednesday journeyed to the 14th floor of the company’s headquarters to do an interview.
The Daily Beast’s source said that Simmons intruded upon a staff meeting without warning rather than promote his new book in a chat with Fox News’s entertainment section.
“Hey chicks, sue me,” Simmons shouted, according to the outlet’s source, before opening his red velvet shirt and exposing his belly and chest.
Simmons then began telling pedophilia jokes about singer Michael Jackson, who faced accusations of child sexual abuse before his death in 2009.
The musician next tapped two Fox News employees on the head with his book, and he then made derisive remarks about their comparative intelligence based to the sound his move made.
“It was pretty severe,” The Daily Beast’s source said of Simmons, who is bassist and a co-vocalist of the rock band Kiss.
Simmons’s conduct was then reported to a Fox News supervisor and the company’s human-resources executive Kevin Lord.
The reports led to Simmons’ permanent banning from Fox News programming, despite his repeated appearances on the network’s shows over the years.
Simmons earlier Wednesday helped Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean give her weather report on the channel’s "Fox & Friends."
Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo then hosted him for a panel on Wednesday’s broadcast of "Mornings with Maria."
“The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein,” he said when asked about the sexual misconduct allegations against the Hollywood producer.
“OK, I’m a powerful and attractive man, and what I’m about to say is deadly serious,” Simmons added.
“Men are jacka---s. From the time we’re young, we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.”