Why Did Kimberly Guilfoyle Leave Fox News? This Is Reportedly the Real Reason
When Fox News announced last week that Kimberly Guilfoyle would be leaving, the network did not provide any details, saying only that they had parted ways. But it’s now being reported that she was forced out due to allegations of inappropriate work conduct.
These allegations were first reported today by The Huffington Post. Fox News’ human resources department reportedly conducted an investigation into her behavior beginning last year and told her she would need to leave by the end of July. This was apparently so that Guilfoyle would have time to find another job and so that the exit could be a quiet one.
Guilfoyle’s conduct allegedly included showing personal photos of male genitalia to her colleagues and regularly discussing her sex life in a way that made coworkers uncomfortable, as well as engaging in emotionally abusive behavior with her staff. Her assistant, in particular, was desperate to find another job because Guilfoyle wouldn’t stop sharing details about her sex life, a source said.
Additionally, Guilfoyle was reportedly known to make disparaging comments about her colleagues at the network, including mocking Jeanine Pirro as being too old to have her own show.
More generally, the report states that Fox has been trying hard to improve the culture at the network following multiple high-profile scandals, including the departure of Roger Ailes, but Guilfoyle did not adapt to these changes. In fact, she reportedly tried to pressure other women at the network to speak out against Gretchen Carlson and make statements supporting Roger Ailes.
Although there were initially reports that Guilfoyle was leaving Fox News so that she could campaign with Donald Trump Jr., who she is now dating, this new report states that she was told she needed to leave the network before her relationship status was publicly revealed. She had allegedly been given multiple warnings from human resources, including one coming from the head of Fox News’ HR department last fall.
Through her attorneys, Guilfoyle has denied all claims that her exit from the network wasn’t voluntary, threatening to sue The Huffington Post for reporting as such.
Fox News has dealt with a number of high-profile sexual misconduct cases over the past two years, with these Guilfoyle allegations calling to mind the departure of Eric Bolling. It was reported last August that Bolling had sent unsolicited lewd photographs to female colleagues. A few weeks later, Bolling left the network, although Fox News did not frame this as him having been fired.
“Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” the network said in a statement at the time. “We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”
This Bolling story was originally reported by Yashar Ali, the same journalist reporting on Kimberly Guilfoyle’s departure today.
Guilfoyle recently became the vice chairwoman of America First Policies, a pro-Trump Super PAC. According to The USA Today, she will help with the group’s outreach and fundraising.