“America’s Newsroom” co-anchor Ed Henry is out at Fox News following an accusation of “willful sexual misconduct in the workplace years ago,” according to an internal memo from Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News Media President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace.
The decision was announced Wednesday, six days after the company received the complaint from the lawyer for the former employee accusing Henry. He was suspended, per the memo, on June 25, the day the accusation was made, then fired based on the findings of an outside law firm that was retained that same day.
Douglas Wigdor, the attorney for the unnamed accuser, declined to comment further Wednesday.
Henry co-hosted the Fox News program opposite Sandra Smith since January 2020. He replaced Bill Hemmer. The network will fill Henry’s spot with rotating anchors until a permanent replacement is found. He joined Fox News in 2011 as chief White House correspondent after three years at CNN, then served as Fox News’ chief national correspondent.
In their staff memo Wednesday, Scott and Wallace wrote, “As all of you know, in January 2017 we overhauled our entire Human Resources operation and instituted extensive mandatory annual inclusion and Harassment Prevention training which has since educated our entire workforce.”
They went on, “We encourage any employee who has a sexual harassment, discrimination or misconduct complaint of any form to report it immediately, as we have said repeatedly over the last four years.”
The executives went on to list internal methods by which employees can make reports of accusations and complaints.
Henry, who is married to NPR’s Shirley Hung, exited his network for a time in 2016 after a report that he has an affair with a Las Vegas hostess.
“We recently became aware of Ed’s personal issues and he’s taking some time off to work things out,” a Fox News spokeswoman told TheWrap at the time.
His termination — along with the HR overhaul mentioned by Scott and Wallace — comes after Fox News saw its late founder, Roger Ailes, and primetime star, Bill O’Reilly, ousted after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Others, like former co-president Bill Shine, were also ousted for their involvement. As an Ailes ally, Shine found himself named in multiple lawsuits against the channel and was ultimately pushed out in May of 2017.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to the show as “American Newsroom”
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