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CNN has fired senior producer Teddy Davis over claims of inappropriate behavior.
“A comprehensive investigation was conducted as soon as this matter was brought to our attention. The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN and Mr. Davis is no longer with the company,” a CNN spokesperson said Wednesday in a statement.
Davis served as producer on the network’s State of the Union, hosted by Jake Tapper, prior to his termination.
According to a source at CNN, the network’s internal investigation into Davis surfaced instances of the ousted producer making fellow colleagues uncomfortable. There were no reports of physical or sexual assault.
In response to news of Davis’ firing, Tapper tweeted that he was “fully supportive” of CNN’s decision.
“When CNN executives were told about these complaints, they reacted swiftly and appropriately, as they should,” he said. “Workplaces need to be safe and I am fully supportive of CNN’s action.”
This tweet is accurate. When CNN executives were told about these complaints, they reacted swiftly and appropriately, as they should. Workplaces need to be safe and I am fully supportive of CNN’s action. https://t.co/S4ZPNfTCPm
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 29, 2017
Davis’ exit comes in the wake of NBC News’ firing of Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning over alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace. In an investigative report by Variety, multiple women came forward to accuse Lauer of sexual harassment and making unwanted advances.
In January, Davis commented on his exit through his lawyer, Michael Weinsten of Lavely & Singer. “My client was not accused of sexual harassment. Nor was he ever accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any other sort of lewd conduct,” said Weinsten in a statement.
Jan. 9: Updated with statement from lawyer.
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