We all know that Fox News is a pretty big deal. So when someone gets fired from the network, it’s definitely newsworthy.
So, who got fired from Fox News? Well, that’s a pretty good question. We don’t know for sure, but we have some theories.
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Since its inception in 1996, Fox News Channel has been the subject of several lawsuits and inquiries alleging various forms of discrimination and harassment. In 2007, Fox News was sued by the United States government for allegedly discriminating against African American and Latino applicants in its hiring practices. The lawsuit was settled for $1.1 million.
In 2016, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Ailes denied the allegations but resigned from his position following an internal investigation by 21st Century Fox.
In 2017, Fox News was again sued for racial discrimination, this time by thirteen past and present employees. The lawsuit alleged that the network “systematically and intentionally discriminated against them due to their race and/or national origin.”
On April 19, 2018, it was announced that Bill O’Reilly had been fired from Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations. O’Reilly denied the allegations but said he had agreed to leave the network in order to “not distract from the great work” being done at Fox News.
Fox News Employees Who Have Been Fired
Fox News has seen a lot of turnover in the past few years, with a number of employees being fired. Here are some of the most notable employees who have been let go by Fox News.
On April 19, Bill O’Reilly was fired from Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations. This followed an investigation by the New York Times, which found that O’Reilly and Fox News had paid out $13 million to settle five sexual harassment lawsuits against him.
Roger Ailes, the former chairman and CEO of Fox News, was fired in 2016 after several women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Ailes denied the allegations, but an internal investigation found that he had indeed engaged in “inappropriate behavior.”
Eric Bolling was an American television personality who worked for Fox News. He was suspended from the network on August 5, 2017, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. On September 8, 2017, Bolling was officially fired from Fox News.
In July 2016, Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, claiming she had been let go from the network after she refused his sexual advances. The suit sparked an internal investigation at Fox News, which led to the ousting of Ailes in August 2016. In September 2016, 21st Century Fox reached a $20 million settlement with Carlson.
In January 2017, it was announced that Megyn Kelly would be leaving Fox News for NBC. Her last day on Fox was January 6th.
Kelly first joined Fox in 2004 as a legal correspondent and later became a co-anchor of America’s Newsroom. She also hosted The Kelly File, a popular show that ran for two years.
In 2016, Kelly came under fire for her comments about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. After the first Republican debate, she said that Trump had “blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his…wherever.” Trump responded by calling her a “lightweight” and saying she had “blood coming out of her wherever.”
Kelly later said that her comment was not meant to be taken literally, but many felt she had gone too far. She was widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans. In October 2016, it was reported that Kelly’s contract with Fox News was up for renewal and that she was considering leaving the network.
After months of negotiations, Kelly finally announced her departure from Fox News in early 2017. She is set to join NBC later in the year.
Here are the Fox News and Fox Business personalities who have been let go, or have resigned, so far in 2019 amid the fallout from sexual harassment and discrimination claims at the network.
High-profile Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was forced out in April after it was revealed that he and the network had paid out $13 million to five women to settle harassment claims against him.
In July, Fox Business Network host Charles Payne was suspended following allegations of sexual harassment. He returned to the network three months later.
In September, Fox News announced that it would be parting ways with veteran journalist and commentator Andrew Napolitano after he made unsubstantiated claims about British intelligence spying on President Donald Trump.