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Bob Beckel fired from Fox News' "The Five" after racist remark
Fox News gave "The Five" co-host Bob Beckel the boot Friday for making a racist remark to a black IT worker.
The embattled network, which has been dealing with a swirling sex harassment scandal and is still reeling from the death Thursday of founder Roger Ailes, gave only a bare bones explanation for why it was parting with the 68-year-old pundit. Co-host Bob Beckel attends FOX News' "The Five" at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City. Noam Galai / Getty Images file "Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee," a spokesperson said in a statement. Attorney Douglas Wigdor, who is representing the IT worker and nearly two dozen other Fox News employees who have sued the network for racial discrimination, said Beckel couldn't handle having a black man fix his computer. RELATED: Bill O'Reilly Career Comes to an End at Fox News Amid Sex Harassment Claims "Mr. Beckel stormed out of his office when our client, a black IT employee came to service his computer, telling our client that he was leaving his office because he is black," Wigdor said in a statement. "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." When the IT worker refused to back down to Beckel, Fox "leaked the story on a Friday to minimize the attention drawn to Mr. Beckel's racist behavior."
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