Racist Remark Gets Fox Co-Host Bob Beckel Fired

Beckel was irked when a Black IT employee came to his office to fix his computer.

Racism, sexism and intimidation are so engrained in the Fox News workplace culture that despite the increasing amount of lawsuits filed by employees against the news channel, Bob Beckel, co-host of “The Five,” still thought it was acceptable to berate a Black IT employee.

A Fox News network spokesperson said in a brief statement on Friday that Beckel was “terminated for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”

The law firm currently representing more than a dozen current and former employees suing the network and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, for racial discrimination represents the African American IT employee.

According to attorney Douglas Wigdor, when the IT employee arrived to service Beckel’s computer, the TV co-host “stormed out of his office” and told “our client that he was leaving his office because he is Black,” Wigdor said in a statement.

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“To make matters worse, after our client lodged a complaint about Mr. Beckel’s racist behavior, Mr. Beckel, in front of Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Lord, attempted to intimidate our client and persuade him to withdraw his complaint.”

A Fox News spokesperson disputed Wigdor’s claim that Beckel tried to intimidate the employee and said that Fox News “facilitated an apology from Mr. Beckel to the employee minutes after he was terminated,” according to a statement sent to LawNewz.com on Friday:

“As Mr. Wigdor knows, Fox News made the decision to terminate Mr. Beckel after a prompt and thorough investigation. His client raised the complaint to Kevin Lord, EVP Human Resources, on Tuesday evening via email and within 7 minutes Mr. Lord responded and began the investigation.

“Today, Fox News delivered that message to Mr. Beckel and facilitated an apology from Mr. Beckel to the employee minutes after he was terminated. No one tried to persuade Mr. Wigdor’s client to withdraw his complaint.”

Wigdor confirmed to NBC News that Beckel apologized but stands by his client’s claim that Beckel tried to intimidate him into not filing a complaint.

“Sadly the head of human resources permitted Mr. Beckel to try and convince my client into withdrawing his complaint in an effort to sweep this entire matter under the rug,” he said. “In my years of practice I have never heard of a human resources executive permitting this to happen.”

In June 2015 Beckel was fired from Fox News after the network revealed he had been treated for addiction to prescription pain medications.

Fox stated they could no longer be held “hostage to one man’s personal issues.”

At the time Fox News Executive Vice President Bill Shine said, “[Beckel] took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.”

The network rehired Beckel, who once served as the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Carter administration, in January.

“Bob was missed by many fans of ‘The Five’ and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” Fox News Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch said in January.

In March, Fox News employees filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the network in State Supreme Court in Bronx, N.Y. Reporter Kelly Wright, a former co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend” who has been with the company since 2003, joined the lawsuit in April.

“Despite his outstanding performance, and because he is Black, Mr. Wright has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer,” according to the lawsuit.

Wright’s allegations involve dismissed Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and current network co-president Bill Shine, among others. He said O’Reilly refused to show a piece he had prepared after the protests in Ferguson, Mo., as it showed Blacks in a manner that was too positive.

Former Fox employee Adasa Blanco filed a separate racial discrimination lawsuit last month against Fox News, Judith Slater and Dianne Brandi, the top lawyer at the network. Blanco, who is from Puerto Rico, said she left her position in 2013 after eight years of being ridiculed for her accent.

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18 comments


  • Another one bites the dust. It’s way past time for Fox to clean the house (“drain the swamp”).

    • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

      But the whole point of FAUX News is to lure in racist and sexist viewers, and then reinforce and deepen their indoctrination into the bizarre mix of dumbed-down actual conservatism, cultural reaction masquerading as bogus fundamentalism, bigotry (racial, religious, gender-based, anti-LGBT, anti-Semitism, etc.), second-hand AynRandThink, ersatz “libertarian” slogans, gun fetishism, and pro-corporate lies that passes for “conservatism” today. If they were to drain the swamp, all their slime-dwellers would be homeless.

      • Charity Dell

        MICHAEL J. “Orange Mike” LOWREY–Now, please indulge my impending LOGIC SEIZURE (LS) here…

        A. If you have a computer that needs to be repaired, and;

        B. You call for the IT specialist to come to your site to repair the stricken computer, and;

        C. The repair firm sends the Helpful IT Specialist to repair your computer;

        wouldn’t LOGIC dictate that you focus on the technician’s SKILL SET, rather

        than his MELANIN CONCENTRATION RATIOS per cubic centimeter of human skin?

        D. Wouldn’t your cerebral pleasure centers be flooded with Joyful Endorphins as your

        previously stricken machine roared back to a Functional State?

        Any time I’ve brought my Stricken Machine to Staples, it never occurred to me that I should
        be upset that the Helpful IT Specialist did not share my particular Afro-Iberian Mesopotamian Genetic
        Pattern.

        I have now finished my LOGIC SEIZURE, and you may return to your own Logical Thoughts. :-)

          • COOPER–Glad that my LOGIC SEIZURE (at least 10 degrees more severe than a LOGIC LAPSE)
            induced Gales of Howling Laughter that added levity and joy to your Otherwise Normal Day! :-)

    • Charity Dell

      EMM–Any time I took my Stricken Computer to Staples, it never occurred to me
      to be upset because the Helpful IT Specialist did not share my Afro-Portuguese
      Genetic Cluster Patterns. ROTFLOL

      Pardon me while I have a LOGIC SEIZURE!

      Thank you for your kind indulgence in this matter…:-)

  • Good riddance to that racist a-hole. His nonsensical divisive leftist views were distasteful on The Five.

  • Wow, what a stupid article. Have you any knowledge of the Washington/New York press corps behavior? Any knowledge of Hollywood and their avowed leftist politics and misogynistic, racist, sexist, misdeeds? Because Fox has been under scrutiny yet the other networks and their corporate heads go untouched it appears to those not in the know that Fox is a lone culprit. Not even close. I wish it were merely one network but it is all of them, most of Hollywood, most of the press corps. Would that honest journalism were no longer an oxymoron.

    • Oh oh, emer83 has stumbled upon the great lefty press conspiracy. We all cover up for each other’s serial groping, pussy grabbing and harassment. Each of us has a bust of Ailes in our office – he’s our hero.

      ———

      Here’s a news flash:

      Normal men don’t behave like Ailes, Beckel, O’Reilly – or their creation: Trump.

  • Why can’t they go along with Beckel instead of wearing their intolerance on their sleeve?

  • The day after the election I listed to a story from a female friend who while walking down the hall in her company could hear the VP of HR loudly praising the election of Trump and referring to Hillary saying thank “God that Bitch Hillary did not win” We could all be destroyed if that #$%^& had won. Surrounded by both white men and women who were laughing and agreeing. (#men’soppression #internalizedwomen’soppression #fearoflosingyourjob #wakeup )
    I want to thank Luke and all other men, especially white men who have been raised or been able to educate themselves to see what is really going on and stand up for others by calling attention to wrong and offer what is respectful and honoring
    . Being in HR does not mean anything other than you have been given the role to protect the company. In the companies I have worked at HR employees are looking out the company – not the workers and could careless about inappropriate behavior unless they are required by law or their boss to take some action.

    • The HR executive should be fired. Not her for her views, but for expressing them. Young people voted for third-party candidates in greater numbers than Hillary needed to win. Young people are far more liberal than the old people who supported Trump.

      It would pretty much be impossible for that company to recruit the talent it needs if the HR executive views were put on a billboard. But that’s exactly what she did by expressing her views in public. The silly people who agreed with her publicly should be counseled severely. This is not a matter of political correctness, it is a matter of dollars.

      You can’t control anybody’s thinking, but you can control behavior in the workplace that is detrimental to the shareholders. Alienating the majority of Americans is just as bad on productivity as taking a hammer to laptops.

  • I thought that Beckel was the Liberal on the show. My, that is not what I would have expected from him. I think he has some issues for sure.

  • Lee Bellinger

    It’s quite telling that Beckel is a liberal; you know, the folks who are supposedly morally superior to conservatives. I’ve always said that those who rail the loudest against racism and sexism are usually the most racit, sexist and INTOLERANT of all.

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