Fox News Channel is letting go of Bob Beckel, the co-host of its primetime program, “The Five,” for a second time.
“Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” the network noted through a statement.
Beckel, a well known political consultant and an ex campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, entered in Fox News back in 2000, and had a blast with “The Five” for quite some time when it aired in the late afternoon. Basically, he was one of the program’s initial co-hosts.
He left in 2015 while regaining his strength after a back surgery. “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues,” stated Bill Shine, who back then, was the network’s executive vice president of programming. “He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.”
However, Beckel got back to Fox News in 2017 following a bad time at CNN, and was welcomed with enthusiasm. “Bob was missed by many fans of ‘The Five’ and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” stated Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News Channel and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, in a priorly arranged statement, back in January.
Fox News’ human resources department was informed of what one person close with the matter described as a “racially insensitive remark” on Tuesday night. Executives did an inside investigation, this person stated, and came to the conclusion that firing Beckel on Friday morning is the best decision.
Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer who represents numerous current and ex employees who have claimed there were racial discrimination at Fox News in a lawsuit, stated he is representing the employee who accused Beckel. Through a statement, Wigdor asserted that Beckel “stormed out of his office” when an African-American information-technology employee came to repair his computer, “telling our client that he was leaving his office because he was black.” Wigdor also stated that Fox News executives attempted to get the employee to retract 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 stated.
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