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Fox suspends TV host for sending lewd messages

Fox suspends TV host for sending lewd messages

"Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is now under way", a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday.

The Huffington Post report claimed that Eric Bolling sent pictures of his genitalia to at least three female co-workers at the network.

Bolling himself tweeted Monday morning, "Overwhelmed by all the support I have received". According to a Fox News source, Bolling had taped this week's episode before HuffPost approached the network with the accusations against him.

Other allegations were leveled against Fox News' former star, Bill O'Reilly, who was sacked in April after several women reported being harassed by the host. Former Fox News guest Caroline Heldman, now an associate professor at Occidental College, claimed that Bolling had repeatedly made sexual advances on her.

One of the women said when she told him to stop sending her pics, Bolling did not respond. Suzanne Scott, president of programming for Fox News, said then: "Eric has cultivated a strong fan base and has become a staple to the Fox News brand". A vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, Bolling wrote a March op-ed accusing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and establishment Republicans of betraying the president with their version of a plan to overhaul the nation's health care system. He also has hosted "All-American New Year", the New Year's Eve special on Fox News, the past two years.

"The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair", Bolling's lawyer, Michael Bowe, told CNNMoney in a statement on Saturday.

"There are a lot of great people working at Fox, many of whom I admire and respect to this day, but there is also a culture of sexual harassment that has not fully been addressed", said Ms. Heldman. The latest incident in this string of stories pertains to Fox personality Eric Bolling, who now stands accused of sexual misconduct. She also alleged that Bolling told her he wanted to fly her out to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun'". It was replaced Saturday by a live half hour of news.

His Fox contract was extended in June, ending rumours that he would join the Trump administration as commerce secretary or as a senior adviser. Rotating substitute hosts will be in place on "The Specialists" (weekdays/5 p.m.) and "Cashin In" (Saturdays at 11:30 a, m). "His insight is valued and we are pleased to have him at the network for many more years to come".