Unfortunately, scandals involving news anchors aren’t few and far between. In fact, many news anchors have been called out for their deplorable actions. Find out which news anchors have come under fire for their behavior on and off camera.
According to the LA Times, Eric Bolling, the host of “Fox News Specialists,” was suspended and his program canceled in Aug. 2017. “Allegations that Bolling used his cellphone to send unsolicited photos of male genitalia to current and former female colleagues at the network” prompted the move by Fox News.
In response, Michael J. Bowe, Bolling’s attorney, told the Huffington Post, “Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made,”
CNN fired daytime anchor Rick Sanchez after he made an inappropriate comment during a radio interview. Sanchez called Jon Stewart a bigot and went on to say that “everybody that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart,” according to the New York Times. Since this happened (in 2010), Sanchez has become a contributor for Fox News Latino, according to Fox’s website.
Charlie Rose lost roles with CBS, PBS, and Bloomberg after allegations of sexual harassment arose, Variety says. “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate,” Rose said in a statement. Eight women have come forward to share stories about sexual harassment involving “lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas,” The Washington Post says.
Matt Lauer, the host of “Today,” lost his job of 20 years because of alleged inappropriate behavior in the workplace, according to USA Today. Since the news broke of Lauer’s termination, details continue to emerge about why. Three women have reported Lauer to NBC, but there could be as many as six victims, Hoda Kotb said on the Today show. Lauer responded to the allegations, saying, “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” according to NPR.
In 2004, longtime CBS anchor Dan Rather reported an inaccurate story about President George W. Bush’s military service, according to CNN. A few weeks later he apologized. He then later resigned from his anchor position after 44 years with the network. After failed lawsuits against the network, Rather still stands behind his reporting. “We reported a true story. We didn’t do it perfectly,” Rather told The Hollywood Reporter.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams lied on the air about “being on a Chinook helicopter that went down during the U.S. invasion of Iraq,” USA Today says. After the network caught him in the lie, NBC suspended Williams without pay for six months. “It’s basically a slap on the wrist. If you or I had done this, we’d have been fired immediately,” Mark Feldstein, a professor of broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, told USA Today. Nonetheless, after his suspension, Williams’ went back to anchoring NBC Nightly News.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly denied allegations that he paid Lis Wiehl, a Fox News legal analyst, $32 million because he sexually harassed her, USA Today says. After the network’s internal investigation turned up more alleged sexual harassment, they fired O’Reilly, according to the New York Times.
About his working relationship with Fox, O’Reilly said it was “tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.”
Additional reporting by Jacqueline Treboschi.
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