Jamie Horowitz, head of Fox Sports programming, dismissed amid investigations of sexual harassment
21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, is undertaking an investigation of sexual harassment claims at subsidiary Fox Sports – specifically against President of and head of programming, Jamie Horowitz.
Several women were interviewed about their employment at Fox Sports, and a law firm was hired to question the female employees about their interactions with Horowitz.
This incident marks the latest in a series of scandals for 21st Century Fox, which has dealt with numerous accusations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, as well as lawsuits over the past two years.
Fox News President Roger Ailes resigned from the network after allegations of mistreatment from staff, and Bill O’Reilly (host of the O’Reilly Factor) was terminated after reports of massive settlements for sexual harassment lawsuits.
Horowitz claims unfair treatment after termination
The reason for Horowitz’s dismissal was only made clear on Monday, when Fox Sports Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer Eric shanks sent an email to employees regarding the firing.
“Everyone at FOX Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, fnction or show we contribute to – should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times. These values are non-negotiable.” The email read.
Horowitz’s attorney, Patty Glasser, released a statement about her client reading: “The way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling. At no point in his tenure was there an mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct or an inability to adhere to professional conduct.”
“Jamie was hired by Fox to do a job, a job that until today he has performed an exemplary fashion. Any slanderous accusations to the contrary will be vigorously defended.”
Shanks will be temporarily stepping into Horowitz’s position until a replacement is found.