The Fox News Channel has announced that it is parting ways with host Eric Bolling, a host and contributor, after allegations that he harassed female colleagues there. Bolling was a former commodities trader and best-selling author. He was the longtime co-host of "The Five" and recently launched a late-afternoon show "The Fox News Specialists."
“Fox News Channel is canceling ‘The Specialists,’ and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” the network said in a statement according to Variety. "We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”
Bolling had disputed the allegation made against him by females at Fox News. The Washington Times even reported that Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against a freelance journalist who reported that Bolling had sent lewd texts to female coworkers at the network. After the allegations of sexual harassment emerged, Fox News announced that it had suspended Bolling from the network "pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway."
Fox News has been bogged down in allegations of sexual misconduct against several of its male employees. "Fox and Friends" host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing network founder Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Ailes was forced out of his role as chairman and settled the lawsuit for $20 million. Not only that, but conservative star Bill O'Reilly, who was ousted from Fox News for sexual harassment claims with five women, was also ousted from the Fox News Channel.
Pat Robertson, a former Southern Baptist minister, has recently commented on the sexual harassment allegations aimed at Eric Bolling. According to the Huffington Post, he thinks it is part of a conspiracy to destroy Bolling’s reputation. During his show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Robertson defended Bolling and suggested that a conspiracy theory was at the root of the allegations.
Robertson then claimed that Bolling, as someone who appears on “The 700 Club” and is a practicing Roman Catholic, is “a straight arrow.”
“I’m no conspiracy theorist,” remarked Robertson, “but it’s so easy to see what’s being done. I think it’s a terrible shame. Fox had better cinch up, talk about girding up their loins and realize people are going after them… Anybody can send a salacious piece of literature.”
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