The list of Fox News personalities who have become implicated in high-profile sex scandals just keeps growing. Eric Bolling, who previously worked as a co-host of “The Fox News Specialists” and “The Five,” has been suspended by the network in the wake of a report that accused him of texting lewd photos of himself to female colleagues.
Citing “a dozen” anonymous sources, the Huffington Post published a report accusing Bolling of having sent photos of his genitals to at least two of his colleagues at Fox Business and one at Fox News on separate occasions, all of which took place years ago.
Fox News initially responded to a statement promising that it would investigate the matter, but by Saturday, the network had taken action: “Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.”
According to HuffPo, Bolling’s female colleagues knew that he was the person that sent them because they had his number saved in their phone. They claimed to have been deeply unsettled and offended by the pictures, which were completely unsolicited. One of Bolling’s colleagues replied to tell him to never send those kinds of photos again.
This marks the third time in recent memory that Fox News has been rocked by sexual harassment claims. Former chairman Roger Ailes was forced to resign last year after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit, while Bill O’Reilly was outed by the New York Times for having quietly settled multiple similar suits.
Bolling began his career as a commodities trader on the New York Mercantile Exchange before joining the Fox Business Network in 2007 as a financial analyst. He eventually hosted his own program, “Happy Hour,” and was one of the founding co-hosts of “The Five.” Bolling has also published two books, one of which was a New York Times best seller.