Fox Sports Fires Jamie Horowitz

  • Fox Sports Fires Jamie Horowitz

Fox Sports Fires Jamie Horowitz

FOX News chairman Roger Ailes was sacked after allegations of lewd comments, and longtime FOX News host Bill O'Reilly was sacked earlier this year stemming from his own sexual harassment probe.

In a statement to Sports Illustrated, Horowitz's attorney Patty Glaser blasted Fox Sports and claimed that accusations that Horowitz wasn't performing in a professional manner were "slanderous".

His shock dismissal came after 21st Century Fox, "began investigating allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace at Fox Sports" last week, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Multiple women, "including prominent on-air personalities", have already been interviewed about their treatment at Fox Sports, according to the report. "These values are non-negotiable", Shanks wrote in his email.

Horowitz has run programing for Fox Sports since May 2015, which includes overseeing content for FS1 and FS2 and managing the company's website. He was also fired from that job after only a few months.

Submit your Newswire tips here. At no point in his tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct or an inability to adhere to professional conduct.

'The way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling.

Fox Sport President Eric Shanks didn't explain the decision when he emailed staff members about Horowitz's exit. Shanks said he will serve as Horowitz's interim replacement until a new person is hired in the role.

Horowitz joined Fox Sports two year ago from NBC News where he was hired to work the Today show, but was dropped before starting. He revamped the channel's daytime lineup, hiring Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock away from ESPN, making them and their opinion-driven shows the face of the network.

In 2014 he was hired to run NBC's "Today Show" but was sacked after just three months, before he had even officially started. He also worked previously at ESPN and NBC Sports.