Fox News host Bob Beckel fired over 'insensitive remark' to black coworker

Fox News fires Bob Beckel for'insensitive remark to black employee

No word on who will replace Beckel on the 9PM The Five but with the now ex-co-host alternating with Juan Williams on the show all the seats look set to be filled tonight.

Beckel allegedly told the employee he was leaving the office because the man was black, Wigdor and Christensen stated.

Beckel had returned to Fox News this year, having parted with the network once before in 2015.

"Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee", Fox News said in a statement to Variety. Later that month, 11 current a former employees filed suit against Fox News, accusing the network of "abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination". Star anchor Bill O'Reilly was dropped by the network in April after The New York Times detailed $13 million in settlements paid out by the personality over a decade.

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.

Bill Shine, who was at the time Fox News' executive vice president of programming, said at the time that the network refused to be held "hostage" to his "personal issues".

"He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him", Shine said in a statement then.

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The long-time political consultant first joined The Five in 2000.

The full statement from Wigdor LLP regarding the Tuesday incident involving the IT employee and impending litigation can be read below.

Fox News fired Bob Beckel - again - because "The Five" cohost made a racially insensitive remark to a coworker.

Beckel exits in the shadow of a tumultuous year for Fox News.

This time, it's unlikely that Beckel will receive a similar second chance.

Wigdor and Christensen said that they "intend on holding 21st Century Fox accountable for these actions".

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