It seems like a free for all in firings at Fox News, only this time someone from the left got the boot.
Bob Beckel, one of the hosts of ‘The Five’ was fired today for allegedly making an inappropriate comment to a black IT employee who was working on his computer. As IJR reported:
Fox News fired outspoken liberal commentator Bob Beckel on Friday after he allegedly made an “insensitive remark” to a black employee.
The network released the following short statement to Variety:
“Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”
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. Beckel quickly apologized to the IT employee, but it clearly wasn’t enough to save his job.
An apparent lawsuit has been filed against Fox News and the IT employee is now being added to it. As CNN Media notes:
Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, lawyers handling a growing racial discrimination lawsuit filed by current and former Fox employees, said in a joint statement that Beckel told one of their clients, a black IT worker, that he was leaving the office while the employee serviced his computer because the employee is black. When the IT worker filed a complaint, Beckel attempted to intimidate him to withdraw it, Wigdor and Christensen said.
“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 and Christensen said.
It has not been reported what the comment was that was actually so insensitive, but will surely come out in the future.
For now, Beckel is once again gone and Fox News hasn’t said who will replace him.