Fox News Suspends Eric Bolling Amid Lewd Photo Allegations
The host is currently under investigation following reports of his texting an inappropriate photo to colleagues.
Fox News Specialists host Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway, Fox News confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to a Huffington Post report on Friday, Bolling "sent an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News."
A representative for Fox News said in an emailed statement, "Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway."
According to the report, the women who made the allegations were former or current employees of Fox and told colleagues the photos were very "upsetting and offensive." Four people, outside of the recipients, claimed they’d seen the photo in question, and eight others said the women had told them about it.
When asked about the allegations, Bolling's attorney told the outlet, “Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made.”
Before joining Fox News Specialists, Bolling was part of the rotating panel on The Five, which took over the 9 p.m. slot in a programming shuffle after the April 19 ouster of Bill O'Reilly. Before that, he worked as an independent trader and joined Fox News and Fox Business after several years on CNBC's Fast Money.
Fox gave no further details, and it is unclear if the suspension is paid or unpaid.