Fox News has fired “The Five” co-host Bob Beckel on Friday, a spokesperson for the network said.
A spokesperson for the network said in an emailed statement provided to Project Republic that “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee.”
Friday’s announcement marks the second time Bob Beckel, a liberal pundit, has been fired from Fox News. Beckel, 68, parted ways with Fox News in 2015 after what the network described as “personal issues.” He briefly worked for CNN before returning to “The Five” earlier this year.
The Five, a panel show, which previously aired at 5 p.m., recently moved to prime time.
Fox News has faced several recent controversies, such as the high-profile departure of its former anchor Bill O’Reilly in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, which O’Reilly denied. And the late Roger Ailes controversy.
The network’s founder, and conservative news pioneer Roger Ailes died Thursday. Ailes was ousted from the network last year after multiple employees — including former anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson— alleged that Ailes had sexually harassed them. Ailes denied the allegations. CNN reported that 21st Century Fox reached a $20 million settlement deal with Carlson, as well as smaller settlements with a “handful” of other accusers.