Bob Beckel, Democrat co-host of Fox News‘ panel discussion show, “The Five“, was let go early today for making what was deemed a racial slur. The disparaging comment was directed at another Fox employee. The remark was considered, “racially insensitive” by Fox’s Human Resources Department.
The offended employee has taken the situation a step further and hired an attorney to sue Beckel, who allegedly told the IT worker that “…he was leaving his office because he was Black.” The employee had gone to Beckel’s office to repair some issues on Beckel’s desktop computer.
Beckel was one of the original co-hosts of The Five, and has been active in politics in both media and as a political consultant going back to the 1970’s, when he managed Democratic candidate Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign.
This was not the first time Beckel has left Fox News. In 2015, he had some unresolvable personal differences with the media conglomerate and departed. But he was missed by his fans and they were thrilled to see him return to The Five just this past January. In the interim, he had crossed over to work for rival cable network, CNN.
Douglas Wigdor, the employee’s attorney,
…alleged Fox News executives tried to get the employee to withdraw the complaint. “As with our other 22 clients, we intend on holding 21st Century Fox accountable for these actions and will be filing multiple other complaints in other matters next week,” Wigdor said.
Fox News has recently put new policies in place to encourage their staff to report harassment:
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.
This termination of Beckel is just the latest to be added to the pile of firings at Fox News, many of which have lawsuits attached. These all seem to have been triggered by Gretchen Carlson’s accusations of sexual harrassment and lawsuit against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, who passed away just yesterday, after leaving Fox under duress last July. Carlson settled for $20 million.