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In a day of major personnel announcements, Fox News confirmed in a statement on Friday afternoon that suspended host Eric Bolling will not return to the network.
Bolling has been suspended since early August. His 5 p.m. show, The Fox News Specialists, has been canceled.
“Fox News Channel is canceling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” a network spokesperson said. “We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”
Bolling was suspended on Aug. 5, a day after Yashar Ali reported in HuffPost that 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.” Bolling has since sued Ali for defamation.
The investigation was conducted by the law firm Paul Weiss.
“For those asking, it’s unclear what’s happening with his lawsuit against me,” Ali wrote on Twitter Friday. “If he chooses to move forward, I look forward to depo/discovery.”
Bolling’s show, The Specialists, launched in May, and replaced The Five. The show was co-hosted by Eboni K. Williams and Kat Timpf. Bolling’s chair has been filled in recent weeks by rotating guest hosts as the network determined his fate.
Earlier Friday, it was announced that Fox Business Network host Charles Payne would return to the air. Payne, like Bolling, had been suspended pending the completion of an investigation.
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