Fox News announced on Friday it has terminated Bob Beckel, co-host of “The Five.”
The network released this statement to Variety: “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”
Beckel’s comment has not yet been made public, but TheWrap is reporting that Fox News’ human resources department learned of the incident on Tuesday evening.
After a “thorough” 48-hour investigation, network officials determined Beckel had to go immediately, an unnamed source told TheWrap.
The comments reportedly happened off the air, but Beckel has a long history of making offensive on-air statements since coming to Fox News in 2000.
In July, 2014, he used the racial slur “Chinamen” on live TV, which caused his co-workers to gasp. In January of the same year, Beckel told viewers all Nigerians are scam artists and that Iranians threaten to feed their children to dogs.
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