Jamie Horowitz, president of nationwide networks for Fox Sports activities, has been ousted from the community abruptly.
In response to an individual briefed on the matter, the ouster got here amid an investigation into sexual harassment.
A Fox Sports activities spokesperson confirmed the information of Horowitz’s departure Monday however declined to remark additional.
Horowitz has employed lawyer Patty Glaser to symbolize him.
Glaser offered the next assertion to CNNMoney about Horowitz’s departure:
“The way in which Jamie has been handled by Fox is appalling. At no level in his tenure was there any point out by his superiors or human sources of any misconduct or an incapability to stick to skilled conduct. Jamie was employed by Fox to do a job; a job that till at present he has carried out in an exemplary style. Any slanderous accusations on the contrary shall be vigorously defended.”
Glaser mentioned her assertion was referring to an inner Fox Sports activities memo about Horowitz’s departure. She mentioned she hasn’t seen it herself but it surely has been broadly circulated. Fox would not verify to CNNMoney the main points of the inner memo.
In response to Glaser, Daniel Petrocelli, who’s representing Fox Sports activities, mentioned that “Mr. Horowitz’s termination was totally warranted and his lawyer’s accusations are ill-informed and misguided.”
The allegations are the newest in opposition to top executives within the Fox empire. Fox Information founder Roger Ailes resigned final summer season amid sexual harassment allegations. Ailes died in May at age 77.
The Ailes resignation was solely the start of a troubled interval for the community. Prime-time star Bill O’Reilly was pressured out in April after the New York Instances reported that Fox Information had paid $13 million to settle claims from 5 girls for inappropriate conduct.
All informed, Fox and its guardian firm, 21st Century Fox (FOX), have paid $45 million in settlements associated to sexual harassment scandals.
Horowitz joined Fox Sports activities in Might 2015.
In 2014, Horowitz was fired by NBC after about two months of being in command of the “At present” present after he tried to make large adjustments.
He was introduced on by NBC after the community poached him from ESPN, the place he had labored since 2009. Each ESPN and ABC are owned by Disney (DIS).
CNNMoney (New York) First printed July three, 2017: four:58 PM ET