Fox News anchor Ed Henry has been fired following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
CEO Suzanne Scott and President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace announced the decision to employees in an email Tuesday morning obtained by the Inquirer.
According to the email, the network received a complaint last week from a former employee’s attorney about allegations of willful sexual misconduct years ago. Fox News retained an outside law firm, and based on the investigation’s finding, Henry has been terminated.
Sandra Smith, who co-hosted America’s Newsroom alongside Henry, broke the news to viewers on Wednesday.
“After a recent claim and investigation involving sexual misconduct in the workplace, Ed has been terminated from Fox News,” Smith said. Rotating anchors will be sitting in with me until a replacement is named.”
Henry’s accuser is being represented by Douglas Wigdor, a high-profile attorney who has represented several women whom have filed lawsuits against Fox News over the years. Widgor declined to comment on Henry’s dismissal or any details of the allegations.
Henry, 48, was promoted to a news anchor by Fox News in December 2019 after years of serving as the network’s chief national corespondent and co-host of the opinion show Fox & Friends Weekend. Prior to joining Fox News in 2011, Henry was a White House correspondent for CNN.
Henry was suspended in 2016 after reports surfaced in the gossip magazine In Touch that he had an affair with a Las Vegas hostess.
Henry could not be reached for comment.
Following a spate of sexual assault and misconduct allegations that forced out former CEO and chairman Roger Ailes and former host and star Bill O’Reilly, the network said it overhauled its human resources department to encourage employees who are victims of harassment to come forward.