Longtime Fox News host Eric Bolling has reportedly been suspended from his role at the network pending an investigation concerning alleged sexual misconduct.
“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway,” a Fox News spokesperson told TheBlaze Saturday afternoon.
In a bombshell report by the Huffington Post on Friday, Bolling was accused of sending “an unsolicited photo of male genitalia via text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one colleague at Fox News.”
A dozen sources reportedly corroborated the account, HuffPost reported. The messages were allegedly sent several years ago. The photo’s recipients also reportedly confirmed their existence, the fact that they received them and connected them to a Bolling-related phone number.
“Four people, outside of the recipients, confirmed to HuffPost they’d seen the photo, and eight others said the recipients had spoken to them about it,” HuffPost reported.
Bolling, a former co-host of hit Fox show “The Five,” is currently host of 5 p.m. EST show “The Specialists. He also hosts the Saturday morning panel show “Cashin’ In.”
Saturday’s episode of “Cashin’ In” was taped Friday morning “per usual,” but was pulled Friday night once Fox executives were made aware of the allegations against Bolling, a Fox spokesperson told TheBlaze. The show was replaced with a half hour of live news coverage Saturday morning.
It’s not clear how long Bolling will be out, but a Fox spokesperson told TheBlaze rotating hosts will fill in for Bolling while he’s on suspension.
Bolling, through his lawyer Michael Bowe, denied any wrongdoing.
“Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made,” Bowe said in a statement, according to HuffPost.
Workplace sexual harassment has plagued Fox News over the last year. After dozens of women came forward, longtime network chairman Roger Ailes was fired last summer. Sexual harassment allegations also claimed the career of star anchor Bill O’Reilly, who continues to deny the allegations.
Fox host Sean Hannity and Fox Business Network host Charles Payne have also been accused of sexual misconduct, though those allegations have fallen on their face.