What was co-host of ‘The Five’ Bob Beckel thinking? Seriously dude! What’s wrong with you?!
Things have already been pretty out of whack at Fox News for the last couple years, but now you have to add this? Megyn Kelly, host of ‘The Kelly File’, left in January and went to NBC. Bill O’Reilly, host of ‘The Factor’ was let go in April and is now doing his own podcast. Roger Ailes, past Fox News CEO, just recently passed away due to an accidental fall, but was let go last summer due to sexual harassment and racial discrimination claims and lawsuits. And now, Bob Beckel has to add another incident to the claims or lawsuits.
What the HECK Bob!
Did Bob really think with all this turmoil going on that his name could not be added to the list of lawsuits? Come On Man! Bob should have know better! He’s been around Fox News more than most – since like 2000. He also shouldn’t have to be reminded about his past inappropriate incidents including an on-air anti-Asian slur or remark he made on “The Five” back in 2014 when he called Chinese people “Chinamen”. Looks like enough was enough.
H/T Western Journalism:
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.
The dismissal opens — or perhaps closes — another chapter in an off-and-on relationship Beckel has had with the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet over the years. Beckel, a longtime political consultant as well as a former campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, joined Fox News in 2000, and had a years-long tenure on “The Five” when it aired in the late afternoon. Indeed, he was one of the program’s original co-hosts.
He departed in 2015 while recuperating from back surgery in a split that was seen as less an amicable. “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues,” said Bill Shine, who was then the network’s executive vice president of programming, in a statement 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.”
But Beckel returned to Fox News in 2017 after doing a stint at CNN, and was greeted with open arms. “Bob was missed by many fans of ‘The Five’ and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News Channel and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, in a prepared statement, in January.
When it came to politics, obviously I didn’t agree with him on almost anything political, but I have to say, Bob Beckel, co-host of ‘The Five’ was very entertaining. In addition, as a liberal and Democrat, Bob was a great counterbalance to the rest of the crew on ‘The Five’ which includes Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld and Eric Bolling.
I guess this means, for those who are still tuned into Fox News, you’ll be seeing a lot more of Fox’s Juan Williams or others on ‘The Five’ or they could just change the name to ‘The Four’. Either way, Bob will be missed along with his liberal views and Larry King suspenders.