Eric Bolling suspended from Fox Information amid lewd texting scandal

Fox News in a post-Ailes era

Fox Information stated Saturday that host Eric Bolling will probably be suspended from air “pending the outcomes of an investigation” into whether or not he despatched lewd pictures to co-workers, a community spokesperson confirmed to CNNMoney.

The present Bolling sometimes hosts on Saturdays, “Cashin’ In,” didn’t air.

Information of the suspension got here in the future after HuffPost printed a narrative saying greater than a dozen sources confirmed that Bolling had despatched feminine colleagues an “unsolicited” photograph of his genitals.

Bolling’s legal professional stated he denies the claims.

“The nameless, uncorroborated claims are unfaithful and terribly unfair,” Michael Bowe, an legal professional who represents Bolling, instructed CNNMoney.

“We intend to completely cooperate with the investigation in order that it may be concluded and Eric can return to work as rapidly as doable,” he stated Saturday.

Bolling has been considered one of President Trump’s staunchest backers on tv, and his profession has benefited from it.

Bolling was a co-host of “The 5,” Fox’s weekday roundtable, and when “The 5” was moved to 9 p.m. within the spring, Bolling stayed out at 5 p.m. because the chief of a brand new present referred to as “The Specialists.”

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On the discuss present Bolling sits within the heart, with co-hosts Eboni Williams and Kat Timpf on both facet of him, plus two visitors.

Bolling often defends the president and ridicules opponents. He’s the creator of a ebook titled “The Swamp,” which earned a supportive retweet from President Trump when it was launched.

The HuffPost reporter who broke the story, Yashar Ali, stated he labored on it for 3 months and reached “14 sources out and in of Fox Information and Fox Enterprise.”

“We had been simply knowledgeable of this late Friday afternoon by way of a HuffPost inquiry and plan to analyze the matter,” Fox Information instructed CNN.

Bolling’s legal professional instructed Ali that “Mr. Bolling remembers no such inappropriate communications, doesn’t imagine he despatched any such communications, and can vigorously pursue his authorized cures for any false and defamatory accusations which are made.”

Bolling had already taped his Saturday morning present “Cashin’ In” when the story got here out. Fox determined late Friday to yank the taped present from its schedule. The community aired a newscast as a replacement.

“Cashin’ In” will proceed on with substitute hosts.

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It has been simply over a yr since former Fox host Gretchen Carlson despatched shock waves via the community by suing then-CEO Roger Ailes. She accused him of firing her after she refused his “sexual advances.”

Others at Fox Information later got here ahead with related claims, and Ailes left the corporate on July 21, 2016.

Stories additionally started surfacing final fall that extra sexual harassment allegations had been being geared toward longtime Fox Information star Invoice O’Reilly. O’Reilly persistently denied the allegations, however was ultimately fired from the community.

A number on Fox Enterprise, Charles Payne, was suspended final month amid a harassment investigation. He has not but returned to work. Payne denied the allegations and referred to as them an “ugly lie.”

All of those circumstances have provoked uncomfortable questions on Fox’s company tradition and about whether or not administration tolerated improper habits for a few years.

21st Century Fox says it has made sweeping adjustments to its human sources practices because of the Ailes scandal. The allegations involving Payne and Bolling date again to earlier than Ailes resigned.

Fox’s assertion about Bolling on Saturday indicated that he could return as soon as the investigation is full.

–CNNMoney’s Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.

CNNMoney (New York) First printed August 5, 2017: 5:26 PM ET