Maybe Fox News Channel should install some revolving doors in its offices.
Variety reports that that not only will conservative TV host Eric Bolling not be returning to Fox News following his suspension, but that Fox is canceling the most recent show he was a part of for good measure:
“Fox News Channel is canceling ‘The Specialists,’ and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” the network said in a statement.” We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.” A Huffington Post report had disclosed allegations that Bolling had sent lewd messages to colleagues via smartphone.
Bolling, a former commodities trader and best-selling author, had been a longtime co-host of “The Five,” and more recently helped launch a new late-afternoon show, “The Fox News Specialists.” He also anchors the Fox News program “Cashin’ In.” Fox News intends to keep Bolling’s co-hosts, Eboni Williams and Kat Timpf, as contributors. The show will be replaced at 5 p.m. eastern with an hour of news coverage for the foreseeable future, with rotating anchors holding down the slot.
As TFPP has covered, the network announced in August that Bolling would be taken off the air while they investigated the allegations that he had sent photos of a lewd sexual nature to at least three female Fox colleagues.
The latest statement doesn’t say whether the company believes he actually did it or simply that they don’t feel confident enough in his innocence or likelihood of beating the rap to stand by him. Most likely, Fox’s cordial statement is simply part of an agreement struck to make the split go down without a public mess.
As for Bolling, he has sent mixed signals as to how confident fans should be in his innocence. On the one hand, his attorney Michael Bowe did him no favors with an initial statement that his client “recalls no such inappropriate communications [and] does not believe he sent any such communications” (emphasis added) — he couldn’t remember? — but on the other, he subsequently struck back by declaring he would sue Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali for defamation.
Bolling follows Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, and Roger Ailes, as the latest prominent personality associated with Fox News to leave or be forced out — two of which (O’Reilly and Ailes) also due to sexual harassment charges, Van Susteren due to dissatisfaction with the organization, and Kelly because she thought she could make it big at one of Fox’s liberal competitors (which…hasn’t exactly panned out so far).
Oh, and Variety notes that yet another Fox host has been hit with allegations of inappropriate conduct — albeit with a different outcome than Bolling’s:
Earlier on Friday, Charles Payne, a host on Fox Business Network was re-instated after being suspended following claims of harassment leveled at him. Payne also vowed to fight the allegations.
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Hat tip: Mediaite