Fox News sus­pends Bolling while in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

Fox News LOS said Satur­day that it has sus­pended Eric Bolling, the co-host of its late-af­ter­noon news pro­gram “The Spe­cial­ists,” while it in­ves­ti­gates al­le­ga­tions he sent a lewd photo to co-work­ers.

A net­work spokesper­son con­firmed Bolling’s sus­pen­sion and in­ves­ti­ga­tion in an email.

News of the sus­pen­sion came one day af­ter a Huff Post re­port re­ly­ing on anony­mous sources stated Bolling had sent a lewd photo to at least three fe­male col­leagues at Fox News and Fox Busi­ness.

“The anony­mous, un­cor­rob­o­rated claims are un­true and ter­ri­bly un­fair,” Bolling’s at­tor­ney, Michael J. Bowe, wrote in an email. “We in­tend to fully co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion so that it can be con­cluded and Eric can re­turn to work as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Bolling is the best-known per­son­al­ity on “The Spe­cial­ists,” a pro­gram that airs week­days at 3 p.m. MDT. The show re­placed the net­work’s series “The Five” in April.

He also hosts the week­end show “Cashin’ In.”

He joined Fox News in 2008 af­ter work­ing as a com­modi­ties trader, ac­cord­ing to his bio on the net­work’s web­site.

Bolling has been a vo­cal sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

In a March op-ed, he ac­cused House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-wis., and es­tab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans of be­tray­ing the pres­i­dent with their ver­sion of a plan to over­haul the na­tion’s health care sys­tem.

The sus­pen­sion is the lat­est in a string of sex­ual ha­rass­ment complaints against per­son­al­i­ties who ap­pear on Fox News and its busi­ness net­work.

In July, Fox Busi­ness Net­work host Charles Payne was sus­pended af­ter the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported us­ing anony­mous sources that he ha­rassed a fe­male po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst.

Payne re­mains sus­pen­sion while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions continues.

Other ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions have been lev­eled against for­mer Fox News star Bill O’reilly, who was fired in April af­ter sev­eral women re­ported be­ing ha­rassed by the host.

The net­work’s found­ing leader, Roger Ailes, re­signed in July 2016 be­cause of ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions.

He died in May af­ter a fall at his home.

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