Attorneys Blast Fox for Not Giving Whole Story Behind Bob Beckel Firing
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 14:46
Bob Beckel, co-host of Fox News' "The Five", has been fired after allegedly making racist comments to an African-American co-worker.
Bob Beckel, cohost of The Five, was sacked Friday after an internal investigation stemming specifically from interaction with an African American IT coworker in NY on Tuesday.
Fox offered no details on the case, but a lawyer for the employee said Beckel had "stormed out" of his office Tuesday when the man, who is a technician, came to do work on his computer, saying he was leaving because the worker was black.
In recent months, FNC has also seen several other execs exit. Beckel joined Fox in 2000 and originally left the channel in 2015 after recovering from back surgery.
The commentator rejoined the network in January and Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch said at the time that he was "missed" by fans of the network.
The firm that is representing those plaintiffs, Wigdor LLP, is representing the Fox News employee who was subjected to Beckel's remark.
Kelly Wright, the only black male anchor on Fox News is speaking out about the alleged racial discrimination.
Beckel has now been terminated from Fox News twice.
Wigdor added: "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". Lord responded and began the investigation.
Fox News has vigorously denied those allegations, and has said that it acted immediately when charges of racial discrimination were brought to management's attention.
Beckel was one of the original co-hosts of The Five, which took over the Glenn Beck time slot starting on July 11, 2011.
Juan Williams, a contributing columnist for the Hill, has served as Beckel's backup at "The Five" and will fill his role on the program for now, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.