2017 is not the year for Fox News. Although their preferred presidential candidate won the White House, they have been rocked by the departure of a number of people in their top leadership, all the way up to the now deceased former network Chairman Roger Ailes. These departures have been prompted by sex scandal after sex scandal within the network — and now here’s another one.
The Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali is reporting that over a dozen sources have told him that Fox News host Eric Bolling sent unsolicited images of his genitals via text message to at least three female colleagues of his. One of these images, sent to someone who says they replied to Bolling and told him “never to send her such photos again,” was seen by at least four people who have spoken about its existence to HuffPo. Eight other people also said that the recipients of the photos had spoken to them about it.
So much for the party and side of “family values.”
The messages were apparently sent several years ago. Speaking Friday to HuffPost, a Fox News spokesperson said:
‘We were just informed of this and plan to investigate the matter.’
Bolling’s attorney, Michael J. Bowe, responded with a bizarre defense, saying Bolling “does not believe” he ever sent the messages in question.
‘Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made.’
Fox has, as mentioned, been rocked by numerous sexual harassment scandals over the past year or so. In the initially highest-profile case, former network Chairman Roger Ailes was accused by a significant number of women — including everyone from CNN’s Alisyn Camerota to former Fox host Megyn Kelly — of sexual harassment. He was forced out of his position a short time before his death.
Bolling has worked at Fox News since 2007, following his departure from CNBC.
As HuffPo describes:
‘He has had a history of making misogynistic on-air remarks during his tenure at Fox News, the most notable during a September 2014 segment… while discussing the first woman fighter pilot from the United Arab Emirates leading the bombing of the Islamic State, Bolling asked on air if instead of saying “boots on the ground” it would be more appropriate to say “boobs on the ground.” He apologized the next day.’
Bolling left his spot as a co-host on The Five earlier this year to take up a spot on the new show The Specialists, which was kicked off earlier this year to compensate for the end of Bill O’Reilly’s show — who was ousted from the network after sexual harassment allegations against him came to light.
It remains to be seen whether or not Bolling will lose his job over this. Just remember this case the next time that someone — meaning the president — cites Fox News. Trump has maintained a somewhat personal relationship with Bolling over the past couple of years or so, tweeting direct praise of him on a dozen or so occasions.
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