Fox News’ Bolling suspended after lewd texting allegations

Fox News has suspended anchor Eric Bolling, a spokesperson confirmed Saturday, after allegations surfaced that he sent unsolicited lewd text messages to female co-workers at the network.

"Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway," a spokesperson for Fox News said in a statement.

HuffPost reported Friday that Bolling had sent pictures of male genitalia to two co-workers at Fox Business Network and one at the Fox News Channel, citing a dozen anonymous sources. For months, reporters at several news organizations were chasing down allegations of Bolling’s behavior, particularly the lewd texts, prior to Friday’s explosive revelation.

According to the network, "Cashin In," a financial management show Bolling hosts on Saturdays, was taped Friday morning but shelved after news of the allegations spread. Bolling, who also co-hosts "The Specialists," Fox News’ late-afternoon political discussion panel program, will be substituted by rotating guest hosts in programs this week, a spokesperson said.

Fox News has been repeatedly rocked by allegations of sexual impropriety in recent years, including in April of this year when a wave of sexual harassment allegations forced the network’s top anchor, Bill O’Reilly, to leave his primetime hosting gig.

Hadas Gold contributed to this report.


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