Bob Beckel Out at Fox News Over Alleged Racist Remark

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Douglas Wigdor, an attorney representing 23 people in a class-action lawsuit against 21st Century Fox for alleged racial discrimination, said Beckel "stormed out of his office" when an African-American IT employee attempted to fix his computer, leaving the office "because he is black".

Fox News' human resources department was made aware of a complaint about what one person familiar with the situation characterized as a "racially insensitive remark" on Tuesday evening.

Beckel, who played the part of the Washington Generals "token liberal" on The Five left the network in mid 2015, but recently came back just as his show moved to a coveted prime time slot at 9PM.

Now, the law firm representing that employee-as well as more than a dozen other current and former employees in discrimination lawsuits against Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox- is bashing the network for not giving the whole story.

Wigdor and Christensen claim that Fox leaked the news of Beckel's firing on a Friday purposefully, to mitigate media coverage. Star anchor Bill O'Reilly was dropped by the network in April after The New York Times detailed $13 million in settlements paid out by the personality over a decade.

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"We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn't hold The Five hostage to one man's personal issues", said then EVP Programming Bill Shine of Beckel's firing at the time.

'He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him'. In 2011, he joined "The Five" when it was an afternoon show.

Fox News on Friday announced that it had fired "The Five" co-host Bob Beckel for a remark he made to an employee of color.

Beckel exits in the shadow of a tumultuous year for Fox News.

'We also intend on updating Ofcom with these new developments as they may be relevant in their consideration as to whether or not to approve the purchase of Sky, ' the Wigdor LLP statement read.

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