He's long been a Fox News favorite, but Gene Simmons is now persona non grata at the network. Citing a "knowledgeable Fox News source," the Daily Beast reports that the Kiss frontman has been barred from Fox's NYC headquarters and from appearing on Fox News and Fox Business Network shows after a Wednesday visit that reportedly concluded with Simmons' photo being displayed at the building's entrance with "do-not-admit" instructions. Per the source, the 68-year-old was on the premises to promote his new book, and his first few encounters, while Simmons-esque, didn't cross the line: He leaped off the Fox & Friends couch to help meteorologist Janice Dean talk about the weather, and he followed that up with an interview with Maria Bartiromo, which delved into the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
"Men are jackasses. From the time we're young we have testosterone. I'm not validating it or defending it," he said. However, he left that interview, the source says, and burst into a staff meeting, yelling, "Hey chicks, sue me!" as he opened his shirt to show off his torso. The rest of the "pretty severe" behavior included rattling off Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes and hitting a couple of workers on the head with the tome he was promoting, "making derisive comments about their comparative intelligence according to the sound their heads made when struck," as the Beast puts it. A source also told BuzzFeed that when Simmons ran into a black employee, he asked the worker if he was African-American TV personality Al Roker. A complaint was subsequently filed with a supervisor, then made its way up to HR, prompting the Simmons ban, which is said to be permanent.