Fox News Columnist Fired Over Wolverine Pirate Review

Columnist clarifies he did not download film
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2009 7:32 AM CDT
Lorraine Bracco talks to Roger Friedman at the HBO post Emmy party following the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Pacific Design Centre on September 19, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Gossip columnist Roger Friedman has been officially ousted from Fox News after reviewing a pirated copy of sister-company 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After yesterday afternoon’s meeting between Friedman and Fox News execs, the two parties “mutually agreed to part ways immediately,” according to a statement. Friedman later contacted Gawker to clarify he did not download the film, just streamed it after stumbling upon it online accidentally.

"There was no downloading," Friedman said. "I am fervently anti-piracy, have written extensively about this, and spent too much money at Amazon's mp3 site. Please let's clear up this misconception."