Fox News has fired The Five co-host Bob Beckel after he allegedly made an intensive remark to a black employee. Fox News issued a statement announcing his termination on Friday. The employee has already retained an attorney and plans to file a lawsuit against the embattled network.

The cranky and surly Beckel provided a liberal perspective to counterbalance his conservatives and centrist co-hosts on The Five. He had a few months left on his contract.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor, whose firm is representing the employee and dozens of ex-Fox News employees, issued a stern statement chastising the network for keeping Beckel in his position while relegating the network’s only male black anchor to the night shift.

Statement of Douglas H. Wigdor (founding partner Wigdor LLP) and Jeanne Christensen (Partner Wigdor LLP):

“In yet another example of the 18th Century Fox mentality, Fox permitted Bob Beckel to remain in his role as a prime time co-host despite his many prior insensitive and racist comments. All the while, Kelly Wright, the only black male anchor at Fox News, has been relegated to an overnight position.

This time, Mr. Beckel stormed out of his office when our client, a Black IT employee came to service his computer, telling our client that he was leaving his office because he is Black. To make matters worse, 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.

Because he would not do so, Fox, in what has now become common place, leaked the story on a Friday to minimize the attention drawn to Mr. Beckel’s racist behavior. Fox also neglected to inform the media of what was actually said, as well as the attempt to convince our client 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. We also intend on updating Ofcom with these new developments as they may be relevant in their consideration as to whether or not to approve the purchase of Sky.

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  • Luvn_it

    It always shocks me to hear they actually have black people working at Faux News.?

  • SpiceGirl

    you know they have to meet POC quota and WE have to work to eat…..

  • We Can Do This

    It looks good on paper, but we know what most blacks endure working beside ignorance.

    If this person was wise, they would include some type of sexual harassment with their lawsuit, because sexual trumps racial by a long shot.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I am almost willing to bet they have an ALL black facilities crew…

  • AcutallyReally

    Sue him personally and sue Faux News for maintaining a climate of racial bias and do not settle out of court. When you settle out of court the terms are private and no fault is admitted by the defendant. Sue in a court so that they are found guilty of racial harassment and discrimination. It makes it easier for the next black person to sue and win. There is already a group of blacks at Faux News suing them for racial abuse. This new incident will not help their case.

  • Wile E. Coli

    I hear that gravy train a callin’

  • We Can Do This

    As said in The Spook By The Door, a black person can go anywhere with a mop in hand…

  • Wile E. Coli

    You should know better. Fox has had blacks in front of the cameras for almost its entire life. Why wouldn’t they have blacks working there?

  • Wile E. Coli

    IT is hardly a mop job.

  • We Can Do This

    Surprisingly, the courts down play racial harassment cases.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Um. no. Often the burden of proof is very low. And the “nigga gotta take a joke” defense is rarely used.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I’m not big on Fox News but the first time I saw a black person on news television was on Fox back in the day — Cheryl Washington. Seeing her on Good Day New York made me tune in every morning.

  • Anunnaki

    Go to the white man for a job, white man give you job, then white man call you names you feel is hurtful, you go run to the next white man, about the first white man, all to end up in the decision of a white man, just to say here is the money from a white man, now go spend this money back into the white man hands, so we can continue to grow our wealth. NEXT case

    Be so glad when “WE” as blacks can break free, I’m really sick of these demons , Ill await the Day

  • PrettyBrown28

    Deep.

  • A-way29

    I’m starting to believe that they’re all the same

  • Yoni7

    THIS!
    How does one complain to their oppressor about being oppressed.

  • HIS4EVA

    im just shocked he said he had to leave the room! I hear that! don’t wanna b around ur azz anyway!

  • HIS4EVA

    the way u said tht…

  • Wile E. Coli

    “Go to the white man for a job, white man give you job, then white man
    call you names you feel is hurtful, you go run to the next white man,
    about the first white man”…

    Get a 3 million dollar settlement.

    Fixed it for ya. Oh and .. you are free. Cut it out.

  • Tynamight

    FOX is falling apart at the seams. *cackling*

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Why do white people feel the need to tell blacks what to do all the time? Who asked you?

  • NY_Chick

    FOX is dying of a slow death… there won’t be anyone left by the end of Summer. LOL

  • NY_Chick

    Maybe they will start hiring Millennials like Tomi Lahren.

  • KIm

    Umm so what did he do now? I guess FOX ignores when other anchors do it..especially plastic face Jeanine Pirro and jokey face Greg Gutfield. They’ve said worse, and that’s on air. FOX wanted to fire this guy regardless bc he was always the only liberal on the panel

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    What’s the cut off age for millennials? I can’t stand them and I hate to think I’m one.

  • NY_Chick

    I can’t stand them either.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Damn it! I am one ??. If you were born between 1981 -1997 you’re a millennial.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Do you evah comprehend?!?!? I said the first Black Person that I SAW on a morning network show was on Fox and that’s what got ME

  • AcutallyReally

    lol.

  • AcutallyReally

    I’m sick of them too. They’re never going to change. Why should they? Our pain and oppression work well for them.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I really loath them. The younger ones are terrible and the older ones are dumber! I’m stuck in the middle ?

  • Wile E. Coli

    Um.. I wasn’t responding to you lol. Comprehend?

  • Quitedeliteful

    Thank goodness!!! No shade….

  • Wile E. Coli

    just be nice. And pay attention.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Now keep it light… I don’t need ‘encouragement’ from you…. IJS…

  • GuestSTAR

    O noooo, not Mr. ‘I was involved in the civil rights movement’. This will be the 2nd time Faux News has fired this raging alcoholic.

  • AcutallyReally

    They have a God complex and think they know everything about everything. They think they have the right to tell black people what to do, how to think, and how to feel. They will not leave us alone.

  • JV

    More of a pill popper than anything. His contract was up in a couple months, but he only came back in January because he had to do a long rehab stint for pain killers.

  • Wile E. Coli

    re: “Keep it light”
    “Do you evah comprehend?!?!? ”

    ya

  • A D N

    Yet, blacks, females and gays viewers swarm to Fox news to hear the opinions of racist, homophobic and sexist hosts…

  • GuestSTAR

    He admitted to Hannity that he was an alcoholic, although pills wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit.

  • Keesh5000

    Whats crazy is both are legal to take…… just not on the job.

  • JV

    1.) ::sarcastically:: I’m sure everyone who’s prejudiced against gets a large settlement for it.
    2.) I find it highly unlikely you wouldn’t look to settle either — for anything, and probably for many things quite trivial. McDonald’s iced coffee gave you freezerburn on your tongue? LAWSUIT!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Their viewership has an older demographic that’s dying off slowly anyway. Now with O’Reilly gone, Roger Ailes gone and dead…Yeah, the glory days of FoxNews are pretty much over.

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    The revelation comes as the investigation also appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said.

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  • Mrs. Soul Touch

    I could be wrong but I don’t think employers can fire you for an addiction until they offer you assistance and you refuse. If you get help, they are suppose continue your employment. This may be the reason why he returned

  • Being bad is way more fun

    This guy was fired because he was not pro Trump like most of the other people on Fox !

  • MrTomalu .

    keep your enemies close

  • lilred1

    It’s ok. Thank goodness you don’t have their mindset..

  • lilred1

    Any reason to say “nigga”.. its like crack to them they just gotta use it smh

  • smartchickfl

    I hate that loud mouth horse(Jeanine). Loud for no damn reason. Irks my soul.

  • Dane

    Awwww. I never would’ve guessed from your comments that you’re a millenial. And I meant that as a compliment. ? I usually enjoy (and a lot of times agree with) them.

  • ola57

    Not again, You know what ? they all sound like they on somthing.Body languge, tune of voice,mentaly, is somthing going on at fox. it is toxic.The world is full drunk crazy azz folks..

  • Rob

    Good riddance.

  • booboo

    What is with Dems and their racist beliefs?

  • Malcom Flex

    I used to watch the O’Reilly factor for LAUGHS that shit was funny AF. Just like 45 makes me laugh he’s doing a standup comedy routine.

  • Jussjess25

    Shut up dooboo?

  • Jussjess25

    You know what your right ! I heard him speak just the other day abiut Trump

  • Jussjess25

    Really ??

  • Luvn_it

    Yes, but I’m referring to Fox news channel which who this post is referring to along with Beckel. You know the all news channel that employs or formerly employed Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly,Geraldo Riverva,Newt Gringrich,Glenn Beck,anf and rest. That’s the. Fox news that’s being talked about.

  • Luvn_it

    I think you’re confusing your local Fox channel which also happen to show tv shows. Well I know where I live they show Empire,Rosewood,Sleepy Hollow,Wendy Williams,The Simpsons and a few other pretty good shows. With Fox news channel which is a all day news channel which is where Bob Beckel was fired from not to mention O’Reilly. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Wile E. Coli

    No, I am talking about Fox News.

  • Mojo2

    Typical yt lib, phony a$$e$. Deal with them all day, the attitude is insufferable. He’s a sick pig and pervert but I don’t believe he said that. They want him out for a reason?? Maybe the sons have there own lineup of friends to take his place?? This is just the beginning, many more will leave or get fired.

  • Mojo2

    Old but funny.
    “Hooker In Democrat Big Extortion Plot
    Cops: Bob Beckel was targeted by 21-year-old he paid for sex”
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/hooker-democrat-big-extortion-plot

  • Mojo2

    Bob Beckel leading democrat analasyst used a racial slur in a rant about China on ‘The Five’

    “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S.,” he said. “They have been, they will be and they can wait, they’re very patient. Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen — er, Chinese people — how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.”
    As per huffington post. Yeah this guy is a real charmer.

  • Mojo2

    There’s no fool like a old horny fool. Of course her name is Tiffany. Lmbao.
    “Beckel called the telephone number listed on the Web page and made arrangements for the woman to come to his house for a $300-an-hour massage, the affidavit states. The woman, who identified herself as Tiffany, arrived at his home and he paid her $600 for two hours.
    “During the visit, she performed oral sex on him and he revealed to her that he worked for a ‘major media syndicate.’ She asked if he could say something to her in code while he was on television, but he said he could not, according to the affidavit.
    “Tiffany saw Beckel again at his home from 3-6 p.m. June 29th and received a check for $1,300. She performed oral sex on him and she agreed that she would return to his house July 1st, the affidavit states. On July 1st, she left him a message saying that she was going out of town and he never heard from her again according to the affidavit.

  • Mbailey

    I HAVE worked often as a “token” in many contract situations as an I.T. Employee. I have often been asked by mere employee’s, whose systems I was to fix, inquire about my credentials. One the one hand, white people say we should educate ourselves to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps. But when they see that this is what exactly what many minorities have done; they think it is there job to outwardly question them about their education and abilities. HR already had that squared away when they hired me, Mr./Mrs. White Supremacists.

  • nick c

    Damn they firing everybody.

  • king shun

    thisis the powers that be paying back fox for supporting Trump

  • KIm

    It’s like her whole credibility and everything makes her look like such a fool. Trump can do something blatantly stupid or disgusting and she’ll try to justify it.

  • Luci Lu

    Since this is not the first time that fat Bob has used racist language to degrade Black employees at Fox. I bet he was shocked and surprised when he was “begging” the IT employee to let him pass; and Fox fired his racist ass on the spot. Fox News ain’t playing, and they’re tired of paying off lawsuits for their employees who believe they can treat women and minorities any way they choose. I’m sure this will be a “lesson learned” for the rest of the racists that still work there.

  • Youngblood

    This is nasty fat nasty. The I.t should of thank him for leaving.now he can do his job without smelling wet dog