Eric Bolling Suspended From Fox News Pending Investigation Results

Posted August 08, 2017

Fox News announced Bolling's suspension less than 24 hours after an exclusive HuffPost report revealed that the host had sent lewd text messages to female colleagues.

Bolling tweeted Monday morning saying he was "overwhelmed by all the support" he had received from fans and that he "look (s) forward to clearing my name asap".

Former Fox News contributor Caroline Heldman weighed in about Bolling after HuffPost's report and said in a Facebook post that she was surprised the allegations were coming out now, alleging that Bolling's behavior had been "wildly inappropriate for years".

She said he called her and sent texts after some of her appearances to apologize for his behavior or talk; asked her to fly to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun, '" and tried several times unsuccessfully to convince her to have meals with him. He joined Fox News in 2008 after working as a commodities trader, according to the channel's website.

A host on Fox Business, Charles Payne, was suspended last month amid a harassment investigation.

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Before getting a spot on "Fox News Specialists", Bolling was a co-host on the popular evening program, "The Five".

"The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair", Bolling's lawyer, Michael Bowe, told CNNMoney in a statement on Saturday. A vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, Bolling wrote a March op-ed accusing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and establishment Republicans of betraying the president with their version of a plan to overhaul the nation's health care system.

In 2010, I consoled a make-up artist (who no longer works for Fox) after Gene Simmons sexually harassed her, and this was not his first time doing so.

She then stated that Bolling often called and texted her after shows to talk or to apologize for his behavior on camera, only to do it again after her next appearance. Fox's full statement reads, "Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is now underway". She also alleged that Bolling told her he wanted to fly her out to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun'". "Once, he took me up to his office in NY, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex", she added. Rotating substitute hosts will be in place on "The Specialists" (weekdays/5 p.m.) and "Cashin In" (Saturdays at 11:30 a, m). Still, it remains the most-watched network in cable news.