Fox News Makes Decision on Bolling After Lewd Text Allegations

He's out
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2017 6:44 PM CDT
Eric Bolling Out at Fox News After Lewd Text Allegations
Eric Bolling has left Fox News, which is canceling his news program, "The Specialists."   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Eric Bolling is out at Fox News following allegations he sent a picture of a penis to multiple female coworkers. “Fox News Channel is canceling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” Variety quotes the network as saying in a statement. The longtime host was suspended last month after HuffPost cited more than a dozen people claiming Bolling had sent lewd text messages to three female colleagues. Bolling has denied the claims and sued the HuffPost reporter who brought them to light, CNN reports. It's unclear where his lawsuit stands in the wake of his departure from Fox News, according to the New York Times.

In addition to hosting The Specialists, Bolling was a co-host of The Five and anchor of Cashin' In. He had been with Fox News for a decade or so and renewed a long-term contract in June. Following his departure, The Specialists will be replaced with a "news hour." Bolling's ouster comes on the heels of Fox News firing Bill O'Reilly and booting co-founder Roger Ailes over sexual harassment allegations. On Friday, host Charles Payne returned to Fox Business following sexual misconduct allegations against him. (More Eric Bolling stories.)

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