Fox News host Eric Bolling has been suspended by the cable news organization following reports that he has sent unwanted text messages of male genitalia to female colleagues.
Yashar Ali, reporting for the Huffington Post, first reported the accusations against Bolling and his subsequent suspension.
Bolling has been suspended while the law firm of Paul, Weiss conducts its investigation into the claims. Paul, Weiss has been Fox News’s main outside investigator for harassment claims.
A Fox News spokesperson said in a statement, “Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.”
Bolling currently hosts two shows for Fox News, The Specialists and Cashin’ In. When asked what would happen to those programs during Bolling’s suspension, a Fox News source said that the two shows would have rotating hosts filling in. Cashin’ In’s episode for today did not air.
Michael J. Bowe, Bolling’s attorney, said in a statement, “The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair. We intend to fully cooperate with the investigation so that it can be concluded and Eric can return to work as quickly as possible.”
Bolling has been on the rise at Fox News at a time when many of its major stars have either left (Megyn Kelly) or forced out because over sexual harassment allegations (Bill O’Reilly). The longtime Fox News host signed a multiyear contract with Fox earlier this year and at the time, Fox News president of programming Suzanne Scott said in a statement, “His insight is valued and we are pleased to have him at the network for many more years to come.”
Bolling was previously a host of The Five and was one of its original hosts. When the show moved to primetime as part of a lineup reshuffle, Bolling stayed in the five o’clock timeslot and developed The Specialists which he co-hosts with Katherine Timpf and Eboni Williams. Bolling has been an unapologetically pro-Trump voice on the network and was rewarded with an interview with the President for The Specialists’ premiere episode.