Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Fox fires panelist Beckel for racially insensitive remark

Fox fires panelist Beckel for racially insensitive remark

Fox News is facing a racial-discrimination lawsuit from more than 10 current and former employees - chiefly on the business side of the network - who cited racist remarks by a company comptroller, Judith Slater, who was sacked this year, according to The New York Times.

Fox News on Friday announced that it had fired "The Five" co-host Bob Beckel for a remark he made to an employee of color.

The employee who made the complaint was a technician assigned to do work on Beckel's computer, the worker's lawyers, Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, said in a statement.

The lawsuit also alleges that Kevin Lord, the human resources officer for Fox News, attempted to threaten the employee in an attempt to convince him to withdraw the complaint.

Fox News said Lord started an investigation into the complaint seven minutes after it was received. His firing comes at a time when the network is already in turmoil, as it has repeatedly found itself in legal trouble over claims of sexual harassment, cultural insensitivity, and other offenses. After a brief stint with CNN, he returned to The Five earlier this year. Of that incident, Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine said 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". A stupid remark on race from Beckel is little surprise - he once said "Chinamen" on air and called for a ban on building mosques in the USA - but given his ability to survive a similar incident in the past, his firing is somewhat unexpected.

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