Fox News confirmed that anchor Ed Henry was fired after the network obtained a grievance final week that he sexually harassed a former worker.
“On Thursday, June 25, we acquired a grievance about Ed Henry from a former employee’s lawyer involving willful sexual misconduct within the workplace years ago,” Fox Information chief government Suzanne Scott and Fox Information President Jay Wallace stated in a statement to staff.
Henry, 48, was “suspended the same day and faraway from his on-air duties” during an inner investigation, the e-mail stated. “Based mostly on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated,” the 2 stated, in accordance with information studies.
Henry had served as co-anchor of Fox Information’ “America’s Newsroom.” For now, “rotating information anchors will co-anchor” the program until a alternative is discovered, in accordance with the statement.
Sandra Smith continues to be at present a co-host for this system.
“Fox News Media strictly prohibits all types of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination,” Scott and Wallace said. “We'll proceed striving to take care of a protected and inclusive workplace for all staff.”
It added that the company is making an attempt to provide “full transparency given the various actions we have now taken to enhance the tradition during the last four years.
The memo did not elaborate on the character of the allegation towards Henry, and it did not disclose who made the declare.
Henry joined Fox in 2011 after he labored for a number of years at CNN.
Earlier than turning into co-anchor on the program, Henry served because the community’s chief White House correspondent.
Lawyer Douglas Wigdor, who has represented ladies who filed lawsuits towards the channel, advised CNN on Wednesday that he’s representing the one that filed the declare towards Henry. He stated he isn't “presently at liberty to share further info.”
In December, Fox introduced that Invoice Hemmer would substitute Shepard Smith, who introduced earlier this yr that he can be leaving the network. “Invoice is an unimaginable newsman and his capacity to chop to the guts of the story while humanizing major occasions has made him a standout expertise in information,” Wallace stated in a press release about Hemmer at the time. “As we start gearing up for the 2020 election, we're thrilled to have him lead our information division by way of what is going to positive to be an eventful yr.” Henry had replaced Hemmer on the show.
Underneath his settlement with Fox, meanwhile, Shepard Smith stated he gained’t “have the ability to report elsewhere a minimum of in the near future.”