Fox fires panelist Beckel for racially insensitive remark

Virginia Carter
May 20, 2017

It is the second time Beckel has been fired from the company after he was sacked in June 2015 over his "personal issues". Current and former Fox News employees have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the network in New York's supreme court, while notable Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly was ousted last month after numerous reports surfaced about his inappropriate behavior toward female co-workers. He was previously fired in 2015 during his recuperation from back surgery.

"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to go home again and join my television family around the table of The Five", added Beckel in January. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre. Fox denied that anyone tried to persuade the man to withdraw his complaint, and said that Beckel had apologized to him after he was sacked.

A Fox News spokesperson responded: "As Mr. Wigdor knows, FOX News made the decision to terminate Mr. Beckel after a prompt and thorough investigation". Its statement reads, "Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee". "His client raised the complaint to Kevin Lord, EVP human resources, on Tuesday evening via email and within seven minutes Mr".

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Fox News has lost yet another one of its longtime hosts due to inappropriate conduct. "No one tried to persuade Mr. Wigdor's client to withdraw his complaint". Both men had been accused of sexual harassment.

"In 2002, Beckel resigned as the manager of Alan Blinken's campaign for United States Senate in Idaho after being targeted for extortion by a prostitute, an incident he alluded to on Thursday while remembering former Fox News executive Roger Ailes", the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News recalled.

The source said an African-American IT staffer was working on Beckel's computer when some sort of exchange occurred and the host made an insensitive remark.

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