Fox fires panelist Beckel for racially insensitive remark

Fox News fires Bob Beckel for'insensitive remark to black employee

Fox News fires Bob Beckel for'insensitive remark to black employee

This is not the first time Beckel, who was also a contributor at CNN for a brief period beginning in late 2015, has parted ways with Fox News.

Less than five months after returning to Fox News Channel and The Five, Bob Beckel has been pink-slipped from the cable news giant once again.

Juan Williams, a contributing columnist for the Hill, has served as Beckel's backup at "The Five" and will fill his role on the program for now, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.

Beckel was one of the original co-hosts of The Five, which took over the Glenn Beck time slot starting on July 11, 2011.

Fox's parent company, 21 Century Fox, is already being sued by two other African-American employees who claimed they were subjected to bigotry from the network's payroll supervisor. Today, Fox News delivered that message to Mr. Beckel and facilitated an apology from Mr. Beckel to the employee minutes after he was terminated. His termination was effective Friday, Fox News said in a statement. Beckel tried to persuade the worker to withdraw the complaint in front of Kevin Lord, who oversees human resources at the network, the lawyers said.

According to a Fox News source, the human-resources department got notification of a complaint against Beckel, a co-host of prime-time show "The Five", on Tuesday. Its statement reads, "Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee".

Another member of the Fox News team has left the network on bad terms. "No one tried to persuade Mr. Wigdor's client to withdraw his complaint". Fox continues to grapple with perceptions in the wake of the ousters of both Roger Ailes, its former chief executive, last year, as well as Bill O'Reilly, its top host.

Sometime on or after February 2015, Beckel went on leave for major back surgery, and subsequently went into rehab for an addiction to pain pills, Mediaite noted in April 2015.

It wasn't immediately clear who would replace Beckel on "The Five" and Fox News did not provide details on the incident that led to his firing.

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