Another top Fox News anchor was fired on Wednesday over a sexual harassment complaint that allegedly happened many years ago.
After an investigation from an independent firm, Ed Henry, a notable co-anchor on “America’s Newsroom,” was terminated from his position after a former employee accused him of sexual misconduct.
Fox Top Execs Respond
Fox News Media President Jay Wallace and the media CEO Suzanne Scott released a joint memo in response to the incident.
“We would like to bring a very serious matter to your attention in an effort toward full transparency given the many actions we have taken to improve the culture here over the last four years,” they wrote.
“On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago. We immediately retained an outside law firm (which has never represented FOX News in investigations or litigation) to independently investigate the claims. Ed was suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities pending investigation. Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated. FOX News Media strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination. We will continue striving to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees,” the memo continued.
No Word Yet on a Replacement
As for a new host for “America’s Newsroom,” Henry’s position will be filled by rotating anchors until a permanent host is found, Fox News reports.
Fox News completely changed its human resource department in 2017 by requiring an in-depth process, including a mandatory annual Inclusion and Harassment Prevention training.
“We encourage any employee who has a sexual harassment, discrimination or misconduct complaint of any form to report it immediately, as we have said repeatedly over the last four years,” Scott and Wallace wrote.
Henry was welcomed to Fox in 2011 after ending seven years of working at CNN. After a controversial matter in 2016, when a tabloid magazine accused him of having an extramarital affair, he worked his way into having a strong viewing fan base.
Fox News Goes Downhill
Conservatives have been more critical of the news station over recent years, as Fox continues to hire prominent Democrats and make questionable hirings. Last year, the news platformed shocked viewers by hiring on long-time Fox basher Donna Brazile.
Appointed as the interim chairwoman of the Democrat Party, Brazile has been a vocal voice against President Trump and his supporters.
President Trump has also had disagreements with Fox News and has called them out for what he claims in bias against him many times.
Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin’ Brian Williams (remember when he totally fabricated a War Story trying to make himself into a hero, & got fired. A very dishonest journalist!) and the crew of degenerate……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2019
New Leadership Brings New Changes
The core of the problem appears to point towards the new CEO, Lachlan Murdoch, who many conservatives have been critical of.
Lachlan’s younger brother, James Murdoch, a former Fox executive, has told friends he’s embarrassed by Fox News coverage and adheres to a more liberal political position than his brother or his father, The Times reported.
The future of Fox News is still up in the air, and as more controversial hosts are brought on, questions remain on the route the company will decide on.
Henry’s termination appears to be just another Fox host gone with more terminations possibly to occur in the future.