Fox News Fires Ed Henry Following Sexual Misconduct Complaint By A Former Employee – Fox News has fired host Ed Henry of America’s Newsroom after the network received a complaint last week of sexual harassment from years ago.
Fox News Fires Ed Henry Following Sexual Misconduct Complaint By A Former Employee:
The network says that it has fired America’s Newsroom anchor and former chief White House correspondent Ed Henry following an investigation into a sexual misconduct complaint made against him by a former employee.
Ed Henry, 48, was suspended June 25 when the network received the complaint.
“We would like to bring a very serious matter to your attention in an effort toward full transparency given the many actions we have taken to improve the culture here over the last four years,” the memo from Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace began.
“On Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee’s attorney involving willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace wrote in an email to employees.
Scott and Wallace said “We immediately retained an outside law firm (which has never represented Fox News in investigations or litigation) to independently investigate the claims. Ed was suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities pending investigation.”
“Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated,” they said.
“Fox News Media strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination. We will continue striving to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees,” Scott and Wallace added in the email to employees.
Fox News Fires America’s Newsroom Anchor Ed Henry Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation:
The network says that it will rotate anchors in to fill Henry’s spot on “America’s Newsroom” alongside co-anchor Sandra Smith until a permanent replacement is named.
Ed Henry’s accuser is being represented by high-profile attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represented many of the victims of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, and former anchor Bill O’Reilly.
Henry first joined Fox News as its Chief White House Correspondent in 2011. He then served as co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend from 2017 to 2019, before he left to co-host America’s Newsroom alongside Sandra Smith. Henry was responsible for co-anchoring three hours of morning news coverage on the network, co-hosting the Fox News program opposite Smith since late 2019, replacing Bill Hemmer
Prior to his time at Fox News, Ed Henry worked at CNN for five years, where he served as the network’s senior White House correspondent.
The news comes almost four years since then-Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was forced out of Fox News after numerous women came forward and accused him of sexual harassment and assault. Among Roger Ailes’ accusers was Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News personality who filed a suit against Ailes and walked away with a hefty $20 million settlement.
Bill O’Reilly, once the network’s top star, was forced out of the network less than a year later after facing allegations of misconduct.
Ed Henry, who has been married to NPR journalist Shirley Hung since 2010, took time off-air in 2016 after In Touch Weekly reported on his alleged extramarital affair with a Las Vegas hostess.