Fox News Fires Bob Beckel Over Alleged Racist Remark
By David Moye
Fox News announced on Friday it has terminated Bob Beckel, co-host of “The Five.”
The network released this statement to Variety: “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”
A black IT worker who came to work on Beckel’s computer reported the comment on Tuesday, according to attorneys Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, who are currently representing the IT employee and other current and former staff ― including anchorman Kelly Wright ― in a class action suit alleging rampant racial discrimination at Fox News.
Beckel allegedly told the employee he was leaving the office because the man was black, Wigdor and Christensen stated.
“To make matters worse, after our client lodged a complaint about Mr. Beckel’s racist behavior, Mr. Beckel, in front of Chief Human Resource Officer Kevin Lord, attempted to intimidate our client and persuade him to withdraw his complaint.
“Because he would not do so, Fox, in what has now become commonplace, leaked the story on a Friday to minimize the attention drawn to Mr. Beckel’s racist behavior.”
TheWrap is reporting that Fox News’ human resources department learned of the incident on Tuesday evening.
After a “thorough” 48-hour investigation, network officials determined Beckel had to go immediately, an unnamed source told TheWrap.
Beckel has a long history of making offensive on-air statements since coming to Fox News in 2000.
In July, 2014, he used the racial slur “Chinamen” on live TV, which caused his co-workers to gasp. In January of the same year, Beckel told viewers all Nigerians are scam artists and that Iranians threaten to feed their children to dogs.
He’s also made offensive remarks about women. In 2014, he called then-Bachelorette Andi Dorfman “a slut” because she had sex with a man she didn’t end up […]