Fox News host Ed Henry fired after sexual misconduct allegation made by former colleague
Fox News fired host Ed Henry following a sexual misconduct allegation, the network reported on Wednesday.
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and network president Jay Wallace told staff in a memo that they "received a complaint about Ed Henry from a former employee's attorney involving sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago" on June 25.
The memo said the company brought in an outside law firm to investigate the claims.
"Ed was suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities pending investigation," the memo said. "Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated."
Here's the note that Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace sent Fox News staffers about the firing of @edhenry. https://t.co/LiXAxtDBnI— Oliver Darcy (@Oliver Darcy) 1593609528.0
The news was also reported on Fox by Henry's former co-anchor Sandra Smith.
Fox News' Sandra Smith reports on-air that Ed Henry has been fired due to sexual harassment allegations. https://t.co/RMJ7NNbp8D— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1593612195.0
Reporters noted that Henry's bio had already been scrubbed from the network's website.
Fox News has already deleted Ed Henry's author page: https://t.co/Cgny9PQWua— Jeremy Barr (@Jeremy Barr) 1593611378.0
Henry, who was previously the network's Washington correspondent, was viewed as a "rising star" at Fox and co-anchored "three hours of morning coverage" on the network, CNN's Brian Stelter noted.
Then-network head Roger Ailes, who was later ousted amid his own sexual misconduct scandal, criticized Henry over the affair.
"This raises serious questions about Ed's lack of judgment, especially given his position as a journalist," Ailes said at the time.
Though Henry was part of the network's "news" side, he occasionally espoused similar talking points as the network's conservative opinion hosts. Last year, he mocked the "left" over climate change, because it was cold in some parts of the country.
"First, it was 'global warming.' Then, it was 'climate change.' Now, maybe, 'extreme weather?' The left keeps rolling out new terms but pushing the same agenda," he complained. "Any time there's bad weather, they're going to say, 'Ah-ha, we're right.'"
During the Democratic primary, Henry defended President Donald Trump after then-Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg accused him of stoking racism.
"How can you attack not just the president but 63 million people in America who voted for him?" Henry asked before seemingly equating Buttigieg's record on racial issues to Trump's blatant racism.
Fox News has dealt with a number of high-profile sexual misconduct allegations in recent years. In 2016, the network ousted Ailes, its longtime CEO, after an investigation into numerous sexual harassment complaints.
The network subsequently terminated longtime host Bill O'Reilly after paying tens of millions to settle sexual misconduct complaints against him.