Top news anchor, Ed Henry, has been fired by Fox News. Fox News indicated that it had proceeded to fire Ed Henry after it received a complaint last week of sexual harassment against the news anchor from years ago. Henry is a co-anchor of the network’s morning show, “America’s Newsroom.”
In an email to employees, the news outfit through its President, Jay Wallace and CEO, Suzanne Scott, confirmed the development. In the email, The CEO and President of the news network emphasized that Ed Henry was suspended on the same day he was allegedly pronounced in the sexual harassment case and relieved of his responsibilities – while, the matter was taken up and investigated by a third-party law firm.
Based on findings of the third-party law firm, Fox News has proceeded to terminate his employment relationship with the news network. Fox News intends to count on rotating anchors of the outfit to fill the vacancy created by Henry’s dismissal until a permanent replacement is named.
“Fox News Media strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination,” Scott and Wallace said. “We will continue striving to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees.”
Ed Henry joined Fox News in the year 2011. He had previously spent seven years at CNN before joining Fox. Henry served as Fox’s Chief White House Correspondent during the administration of Barack Obama. He also played a key role in Fox News’ coverage of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign towards the general elections, which she eventually lost.
A report of Henry having an extramarital affair as published in a magazine, had Henry sidelined in the spring of 2016. Similar stories labelled against the news anchor propelled former CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, to publicly criticize Henry, noting “this raises serious questions about Ed’s lack of judgment, especially given his position as a journalist.”
However, Henry’s continued hard work and dedication to his responsibilities helped him find his way unto the frontiers of the news outfit. Scott and Wallace’s decision to address the workforce in an email was to bring transparency to the issue surrounding Henry’s dismissal. The news network (Fox News) has faced multiple incidences of alleged sexual allegations in the past, and the firm is taking all steps to avoid any further allegations.
Former CEO, Roger Ailes, faced similar allegations when multiple women came in to accuse him of assault and sexual harassment. Similarly, Bill O’Reilly, a former top-star of the news network, was forced out after being labelled with allegations of sexual harassment, even though he denied the claims. Sexual harassment and assault allegations are unpleasant acts to any corporate body, and that is what Fox, through its reforms, are trying to eliminate.
Douglas Wigdor, a high-profile attorney, is representing the plaintiff in the sexual harassment case against Ed Henry. Mr Wigdor had represented many other women who have brought similar cases against Fox News in the past. Wigdor emphasized that he wasn’t “presently at liberty to share further information,” but confirmed that he was representing the accuser of Ed Henry.