Fox News has lost yet another personality after a complaint lodged by another Fox employee.
Bob Beckel, cohost of The Five, was fired Friday after an internal investigation stemming specifically from interaction with an African American IT coworker in New York on Tuesday.
Beckel, 68, has been accused of a pattern of insensitive and racist behavior and will be the subject of a forthcoming lawsuit by the IT employee, according to a statement released by Wigdor LLP on Friday.
‘Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,’ the network said in a statement.
Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, partners at Wigdor LLP, released a statement Friday detailing what they say happened leading up to Beckel’s firing.
‘Mr Beckel stormed out of his office when our client, a Black IT employee came to service his computer, telling our client that he was leaving his office because he is Black.
‘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 common place, leaked the story on a Friday to minimize the attention drawn to Mr Beckel’s racist behavior.
A person close to the matter at Fox said the following:
‘HR was informed of the incident on Tuesday evening and did a thorough investigation within 48 hours of the matter. We came to a decision that Bob needed to be terminated early this morning.’