Fox News has suspended Eric Bolling in light of a report that the longtime Fox Newser reportedly texted an unsolicited photo of male private parts to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News. The photos were reportedly sent several years ago, and on separate occasions. HuffPost was first to report, and their story cites 14 sources at Fox Business and Fox News.
A Fox News spokesperson provided the following statement to TVNewser: “Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.”
Bolling has co-hosted Fox News’s weekday 5 p.m. panel program The Specialists, and hosted the Saturday finance-focused show Cashin’ In. There will be rotating hosts filling in for Bolling on The Specialists and Cashin’ in during this review.
The aforementioned Cashin’ In taped on Friday, but was pulled after these allegations were brought to FNC’s attention.
Bolling has seen a surge in popularity over the past couple years at Fox News, due in part to his passionate support for President Trump. Additionally, Bolling’s newest book, The Swamp, debuted at No. 3 last month on the New York Times combined print and e-book nonfiction best seller list.
In June, Bolling signed a multi-year contract extension with the network, “Eric has cultivated a strong fan base and has become a staple to the Fox News brand,” said Fox News programming president Suzanne Scott at the time. “His insight is valued and we are pleased to have him at the network for many more years to come.”
Bolling joined Fox News in 2008, hosting Follow the Money and Happy Hour for Fox Business, before shifting over to Fox News as an original co-host of The Five in 2011.
Prior to his arrival at Fox News, Bolling helped launch CNBC’s Fast Money and was an original panelist on the program.
This is becoming an unfortunate trend for the network and its parent company.
The most recent harassment case involved Fox Business host Charles Payne, who was suspended last month after reports arose that he had sexually harassed conservative political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who had been a frequent guest on Fox since at least 2013.
And then of course, there’s the resignation of the late Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes after former Fox Newser Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, which resulted in $20 million and a public apology for Carlson.