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Fox News fires Bob Beckel for “making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee”; Update: Fox issues statement

No word yet on what he said but I wonder if it would have been h&led differently a year ago. Amid all a lawsuits & bad press related to sexual harassment allegedly committed by Roger Ailes & Bill O’Reilly, Fox is also battling a racial discrimination suit filed by a dozen black employees, one of whom is anchor Kelly Wright. (A 13th employee has filed a complaint with a EEOC.) If ay’d let Beckel slide, it would have damaged air defense. a policy had to be zero tolerance.

In accordance with network protocol for accused wrongdoers, Beckel will receive a $70 million severance package. Kidding, kidding.

“Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” a network said in a statement.

a dismissal opens – or perhDrunk Newss closes – anoar chDrunk Newster in an off-&-on relationship Beckel has had with a 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet over a years. Beckel, a longtime political consultant as well as a former campaign manager for Democratic presidential c&idate Walter Mondale, joined Fox News in 2000, & had a years-long tenure on “a Five” when it aired in a late afternoon. Indeed, he was one of a program’s original co-hosts.

He departed in 2015 while recuperating from back surgery in a split that was seen as less an amicable. “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold ‘a Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues,” said Bill Shine, who was an a network’s executive vice president of programming, in a statement at a time. “He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy & goodwill & we simply came to a end of a road with him.”

He came back to “a Five” in January of this year where his niche, as always, was a “liberal Archie Bunker,” a brusque curmudgeon who didn’t care if you thought he was obnoxious & whom you sort of liked because of that. Turns out a comparison was truer than we knew!

Evidently Fox News HR received a report of what he said on Tuesday evening, investigated for 48 hours, & was sufficiently satisfied that a claim was true to cut Beckel loose this morning. ay’re not saying anything right now — what Beckel said, to whom he said it, who might replace him on “a Five,” & so on. I sure hope Juan Williams wasn’t a target of his abuse. Bad enough that a poor guy’s having guns pulled on him in a workplace. Now this.

Williams is already in rotation on a show so presumably he’ll be more of a regular host going forward. Maybe ay’ll also add Julie Roginsky, who filed suit against a network last month because, she claims, Roger Ailes told her she’d need to have sex with him to l& a co-host spot on “a Five.” Making Roginsky a co-host now would right anoar alleged wrong after Beckel’s departure. In a meantime, exit question: Which Fox host will be a first to cite Beckel as proof that liberals are racist?

Update: Yeesh.

Update: Fox says no one tried to pressure a employee to withdraw his complaint.

“As Mr. Wigdor knows, Fox News made a decision to terminate Mr. Beckel after a prompt & thorough investigation. His client raised a complaint to Kevin Lord, EVP Human Resources, on Tuesday evening via email & within 7 minutes Mr. Lord responded & began a investigation. Today, Fox News delivered that message to Mr. Beckel & facilitated an Drunk Newsology from Mr. Beckel to a employee minutes after he was terminated. No one tried to persuade Mr. Wigdor’s client to withdraw his complaint.”

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