The career of a well-known cable news personality may well be over.
The Washington Examiner reports that Fox News has fired anchor Ed Henry following an allegation of sexual misconduct.
The news comes just after Henry was promoted from a co-hosting role on Fox & Friends Weekend to serving as a co-host on America’s Newsroom, alongside Sandra Smith.
Fox News fires Ed Henry
Specific details about the allegation that led to Henry’s dismissal have thus far been scarce. All that is known is that Fox News recently received a sexual harassment complaint against Henry from a former employee regarding a situation that occurred some years ago, according to the Examiner.
Once the allegation was brought forward, Henry was swiftly suspended by the network, and an independent investigation into the matter was conducted by an outside law firm. Based on the findings of that probe, which also have not been made public, Fox went ahead and fired Henry.
According to NPR, the decision was revealed in a memo that Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News Media President Executive Editor Jay Wallace sent to network employees informing them of Henry’s departure.
In addition to being fired by Fox, that Henry has reportedly also lost a publishing deal with Harper Collins imprint William Morrow, the Examiner noted. The book, previously scheduled to be released this September, was to detail Henry’s relationship with his sister, to whom he donated part of his liver in a life-saving procedure.
Ex-anchor’s attorney responds
On Wednesday, following the news of his termination, Henry’s attorney released a statement professing her client’s innocence, the Examiner reported separately.
“Ed Henry denies the allegations referenced in the Fox announcement and is confident that he will be vindicated after a full hearing in an appropriate forum,” lawyer Catherine Foti said, according to the Examiner.
Given that details remain sparse, it is hard for viewers and fans of Henry to know what to make of the situation.
It is worth noting that back in 2016, Henry took a leave of absence from Fox News after it was revealed that he had a 10-month affair with a Las Vegas cocktail hostess, as The Washington Post reported.
But as is the case with all accusations of this nature, it is probably prudent to wait for additional details to emerge before rendering judgment on Mr. Henry. Only time will tell what comes of this.