Ed Henry sacked from Fox News for alleged sexual misconduct

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“On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former lawyer for an employee regarding voluntary sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” wrote Fox CEO. News Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace in an email to employees.

Scott and Wallace said that Henry was “suspended the same day and removed from on-air responsibility” while a third-party law firm was investigating the matter.

“Based on the results of the investigation, Ed was fired,” they said.

Scott and Wallace have said that “spinning anchors” will replace Henry, who served as co-host of the America’s Newsroom morning show, until a permanent replacement is appointed.

“Fox News Media strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination,” said Scott and Wallace. “We will continue to strive to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees.”

Henry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Senior attorney Douglas Wigdor, who has represented several women who have sued Fox News, said Wednesday morning that he was representing Henry’s accuser. Wigdor said he was not “currently free to share more information”.

Reports of Henry’s early dismissal stunned Fox News employees who learned of the sudden termination by email, network people told CNN Business.

Henry joined Fox in 2011 after seven years at CNN. He covered the Obama administration as Fox’s chief correspondent in the White House. Later, he directed much of the campaign network coverage for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

He was, however, sidelined in the spring of 2016, following a report from a sensational magazine on an extramarital affair. Dirty stories led the network’s CEO at the time, Roger Ailes, to publicly reprimand him, saying that “this raises serious questions about Ed’s lack of judgment, especially given his position as a journalist.”

Henry ended up returning to Fox’s good graces. He has filled pro-Trump opinion pieces such as “Fox & Friends Weekend” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, winning the hearts of Fox viewers.

Her decision in 2019 to donate part of her liver to save her sister Colleen’s life has been featured on Fox shows. The two siblings have recovered, and Henry has written a memoir on the experiment, which is due out in September.

Henry was a favorite of networking. Last winter, he was promoted to co-host of the hours of 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am Eastern time, with Sandra Smith on “America’s Newsroom”.

Smith briefly touched on the show’s dismissal on Wednesday morning, telling viewers that Henry had been dismissed and that Scott and Wallace were addressing employees in an internal memo to “bring complete transparency” to the matter.

Fox News has worked to reform its culture in recent years after facing high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Months after Henry was sidelined, Ailes was forced to leave Fox News after numerous women came forward and accused him of sexual harassment and assault. The scandal exposed Fox’s deep-rooted cultural problems, sparked numerous lawsuits, and led the Murdochs to make radical changes.
Bill O’Reilly, once the star of the network, was forced to leave the network less than a year later after facing allegations of sexual harassment, which he also denied.

Since the scandals, Scott and Wallace have pointed out that the corporate culture has been cleaned up.

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