Fox News fires Bob Beckel for racially insensitive remark

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FILE – This July 1, 2013 file photo shows, Kimberly Guilfoyle, from left, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros co-hosts of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” following a taping of the show in New York. Fox News Channel says it has fired Beckel for making an insensitive remark to a black employee. Beckel, who has been a liberal panelist on the show “The Five,” was on his second tour of duty at Fox after being bounced in 2015 for substance abuse.

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel said Friday that it had fired liberal commentator Bob Beckel for making a racially insensitive remark to a black employee.

Fox offered no details on the case, but a lawyer for the employee said Beckel had “stormed out” of his office Tuesday when the man, who is a technician, came to do work on his computer, saying he was leaving because the worker was black.

The lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, also said that Beckel attempted to intimidate his client and get him to withdraw his complaint in a meeting Friday with Fox executive Kevin Lord. Fox denied that anyone tried to persuade the man to withdraw his complaint, and said that Beckel had apologized to him after he was fired.

Beckel, 68, is a veteran Democratic political strategist who is a regular on Fox’s “The Five,” where he discusses stories with four conservative panelists. The…

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