US Fox News Fires ‘The Five’ Co-Host Bob Beckel Over Racist Comment

19:06  19 may  2017
19:06  19 may  2017 Source:   variety.com

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Fox News Channel is parting ways — again — with Bob Beckel , the co - host of its primetime program, “ The Five .” “ Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” the network said in a statement.

Fox News Channel is parting ways - again - with Bob Beckel , the co - host of its primetime program, " The Five .". " Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee," the network said in a statement.

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Fox News Channel is parting ways – again – with Bob Beckel,  the co-host of its primetime program, “The Five.”

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

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

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The Five co - host was informed this morning that he would not longer be working at FNC. “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues,” said then EVP Programming Bill Shine of Beckel ’s firing at the time.

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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 ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues,” said Bill Shine, who was then the network’s executive vice president of programming, in a statement at the time. “He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.”

But Beckel returned to Fox News in 2017 after doing a stint at CNN, and was greeted with open arms.  “Bob was missed by many fans of ‘The Five’ and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News Channel and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, in a prepared statement, in January.

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Fox News fired “ The Five ” co - host Bob Beckel on Friday, a spokesperson for the network said. A spokesperson for Fox News said in a statement provided to TheBlaze that “ Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”

Fox News Fires ‘ The Five ’ Co - Host Bob Beckel Over Racist Comment . Fox News said it terminated the employment of Bob Beckel , a Democratic consultant who was co - host of " The Five ".

Fox News’ human-resources department was made aware of a complaint about what one person familiar with the situation characterized as a “racially insensitive remark” on Tuesday evening. Executives conducted an internal investigation, this person said, and decided to part ways with Beckel Friday morning.

Fox News’ internal culture has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Several current and former employees have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News in State Supreme Court in the Bronx, adding to a wave of litigation set against the network that levels claims of sexual harassment and cultural insensitivity. Fox continues to grapple with perceptions in the wake of the ousters of both Roger Ailes, its former chief executive, last year, as well as Bill O’Reilly, its top host. Both men had been accused of sexual harassment. Ailes denied the allegations and O’Reilly has said his fame made him a target had made settlements to accusers out of a desire to protect his children.

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Fox News fires Bob Beckel / bob beckel fired / bob beckel racist comment . Fox News announced that it had fired " The Five " co - host Bob Beckel for a remark he made to an employee of color.

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The network has set in place a new human-resources chief and hired female executives to fill an open chief financial officer slot as well as its head of ad sales. Staffers have been urged to come forward if they believe they witness discriminatory behavior. In a memo to employees sent in April, Fox News’ human resources chief told employees, “We want to give you every opportunity to be heard” about workplace concerns.

Beckel leaves after Fox News made “The Five” part of its primetime lineup just a few weeks ago, part of an effort to realign the most-watched part of its schedule after O’Reilly’s departure last month. Despite its name, the show employs more than five co-hosts, all of whom rotate in across various nights. Juan Williams, another Fox News political analyst with Democratic leanings, is expected to appear more regularly on the show, which also includes Jesse Watters, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Kimberly Guilfoyle as co-hosts.


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