Fox News, which is facing a massive suit alleging racial discrimination at all levels of the network, fired The Five co-host Bob Beckel on Friday.
Fox released a one-sentence statement explaining why it fired the liberal commentator.
“Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”
As recounted in Variety, Fox learned about an incident Tuesday in which a “racially insensitive remark” was made. After an internal investigation, Beckel was fired Friday morning.
Douglas Wigdor, the attorney representing Fox employees in their racial discrimination suit against Fox, said he is representing the employee who made the complaint.
In a statement, Wigdor claimed Beckel “stormed out of his office” when a black IT employee came to work on Beckel’s computer, “telling our client that he was leaving his office because he was black.”
“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,” Wigdor said.
“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.
The original lawsuit alleging racial discrimination at Fox was filed by Tichaona Brown, a payroll manager, and Tabrese Wright, a payroll coordinator, who accused former Fox controller Judy Slater of making racially charged comments. They allege Slater called black men “women beaters” and said blacks wanted to physically harm whites. Slater was later fired by Fox.
The suit claims Slater said black employees mispronounced words, such as “mother,” “father,” and “ask,” and told Brown to say them aloud at a meeting. Slater was also accused of asking Wright if all three of her children were “fathered by the same man.”
The initial suit has been expanded as other current and former Fox employees have joined.
“Indeed, the only consistency at Fox is the abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination that was inflicted on minority employees that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment,” the class-action lawsuit said.
“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” Wigdor has said in a statement.
Beckel joined Fox News in 2000. He left the network in 2015, but returned in January.
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