Fox News announced on Friday it has terminated Bob Beckel, co-host of “The Five.”
The network released this statement to Variety: “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”
Beckel’s comment has not yet been made public, but TheWrap is reporting that Fox News’ human resources department learned of the incident on Tuesday evening.
After a “thorough” 48-hour investigation, network officials determined Beckel had to go immediately, an unnamed source told TheWrap.
The comments reportedly happened off the air, but Beckel has a long history of making offensive on-air statements since coming to Fox News in 2000.
In July, 2014, he used the racial slur “Chinamen” on live TV, which caused his co-workers to gasp. In January of the same year, Beckel told viewers all Nigerians are scam artists and that Iranians threaten to feed their children to dogs.
He’s made offensive remarks about women. In 2014, he called then-Bachelorette Andi Dorfman “a slut” because she had sex with a man she didn’t end up marrying.
Beckel came to Fox News in 2000 after a long career in politics that included a role as the campaign manager for 1984 Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale.
He joined “The Five” in 2011, but left the network in 2015 under difficult circumstances. Beckel became addicted to painkillers after undergoing back surgery and entered a rehab program. Several months later, he was let go.
He returned to the show in January of this year.
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