Fox News fired Bob Beckel, a co-host of prime-time program “The Five,” for making an “insensitive remark” to a black employee, the cable-news network said.Beckel, a former Democratic political strategist, had returned to the network in January after a stint as a commentator on CNN. He had previously hosted “The Five” from 2011 to 2015. His termination was effective Friday, Fox News asserted in a statement.The network, the crown jewel in 21st Century Fox Inc.’s collection of cable channels, is contending with numerous allegations of sexual and racial harassment and has parted ways with high-profile employees in addition to host Bill O’Reilly, co-President Bill Shine and Chairman Roger Ailes, who died Thursday at 77.The employee who made the complaint was a technician assigned to do work on Beckel’s computer, the worker’s lawyers, Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, asserted in a statement. Beckel “stormed out of his office,” saying he was leaving 'cause the worker was black, the lawyers said. Beckel tried to persuade the worker to withdraw the complaint in front of Kevin Lord, who oversees human resources at the network, the lawyers said.Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the attorneys’ claims. A representative for Beckel did not immediately respond.“The Five” had moved from a daytime slot to prime time after O’Reilly’s departure last month. Another host of the show, Jesse Watters, defended himself last month from critics who asserted a comment he made on air about Ivanka Trump was inappropriate.
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