Ed Henry, one of Fox New’s top anchors, has been fired after the network received a complaint following a sexual misconduct allegation.
What We Know:
- “On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” Fox News chief executive Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace wrote in an email to employees.
- Scott and Wallace stated that Henry was “suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities” while a third-party law firm investigated the matter. “Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated,” they said.
- Scott and Wallace said that rotating anchors would fill in for Henry, who served as co-anchor of the channel’s morning show “America’s Newsroom,” until a permanent replacement is named.
- “Fox News Media strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination,” Scott and Wallace stated. “We will continue striving to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees.”
- Henry did not respond to requests for comment, but on Wednesday afternoon, his attorney Catherine Foti said he intends to clear his name.
- “Ed Henry denies the allegations referenced in the Fox announcement and is confident that he will be vindicated after a full hearing in an appropriate forum,” Foti said.
- Henry joined Fox in 2011 after seven years at CNN. He covered the Obama administration as Fox’s chief White House correspondent. He later helmed much of the network’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
Sexual assault has been a rooted cultural problem at Fox. Numerous women came forward and accused Henry of sexual harassment and assault. Bill O’Reilly, once the network’s top star, was forced out of the network less than a year later after facing allegations of sexual harassment, which he also denied.