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Jake Tapper responds after 'State of the Union' producer is fired by CNN

A CNN senior producer has joined the lengthy list of TV personalities and journalists who have lost their jobs due to unacceptable workplace behavior.

CNN’s Jake Tapper said the network acted swiftly to dismiss a State of the Union producer accused of harassment.
CNN’s Jake Tapper said the network acted swiftly to dismiss a State of the Union producer accused of harassment.Read moreCNN

A senior producer for Jake Tapper's weekend news show State of the Union has been fired by CNN due to complaints about his workplace behavior.

Teddy Davis, who had been with the show for more than two years, was let go after what CNN called "a comprehensive investigation," according to Politico.

"The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN," a CNN statement said.

Davis has not been accused of physical assault. According to TVNewser, the producer formerly worked for ABC. He's a graduate of Georgetown University, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and a lawyer.

"My client was not accused of sexual harassment. Nor was he ever accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any other sort of lewd conduct," Michael Weinsten, an attorney for Davis, said in a statement.

Tapper, a Philadelphia native, confirmed reports that Davis had been fired because of his behavior in a response to a tweet from Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi.

Tapper responded:

With fitting irony, Politico reported that the news broke at CNN as Tapper was preparing to interview former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for The Lead, his weekday program. In 2016, Carlson brought suit against former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Ailes later left the network, and Fox News reached a settlement with Carlson. She is author of the book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back.

"We are watching empowerment at its best," Carlson said in the CNN interview. "And I don't think it's going to end any time soon."

The news of Davis' firing comes a day after Matt Lauer was dismissed from the Today show amid allegations of sexual misconduct that have been rocking the media landscape.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the nature of the complaints against Davis.