Fox News Confirms Departure of Popular Host Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Fox News Channel confirmed in a statement Friday that the network is “amicably” parting ways with one of its most recognizable hosts.

Eric Bolling, who was suspended last month after facing allegations of sexual harassment, will no longer be associated with Fox News, where he hosted The Specialists after gaining exposure as a co-host on The Five.

Fox News also confirmed it is cancelling The Specialists, though that show’s co-hosts, Eboni Williams and Kat Timpf, are expected to remain with the network as contributors.

A permanent replacement for the program has not been announced. According to Variety, the time slot will be filled on an interim basis with news programming featuring a rotation of Fox News anchors.

According to the statement, Fox News and Bolling “agreed to part ways amicably,” making the host the latest in a string of on-air personalities to leave the network.

“We thank Eric for his 10 years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck,” the statement read.

The news sparked discussion on social media, with several users expressing continued support for Bolling.

Several others insisted he deserved to be fired, with at least one using a compilation video in an attempt to portray him as a “sexist idiot.”

As Western Journalism reported, Bolling was suspended in early August amid allegations that he had sent a series of inappropriate text messages to two female colleagues.

Huffington Post, which was the first to publish the allegations, cited 14 unnamed sources. Bolling’s attorney, Michael J. Bowe, denied the “anonymous, uncorroborated claims” and looked forward to seeing Bolling “return to work as quickly as possible.”

With Friday’s announcement, Bolling, who also hosted Cashin’ In on Fox News, followed the departure of other prominent network figures in recent months.

Bill O’Reilly left the network in April after at least five women accused him of sexual harassment.

Earlier this week, Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris announced the end of his broadcast career after 18 years in television and nearly 10 years at Fox News. (For more from the author of “Fox News Confirms Departure of Popular Host Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations” please click HERE)

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