It’s been just one week since Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly after a series of sexual harassment allegations against him came to light. Now, the network has run into trouble with another one of their former anchors, as reporter Kelly Wright is suing Fox for racial discrimination.
According to New York Daily News, Wright joined 10 other current and former Fox News employees when he signed on to the class action lawsuit this week.
“Despite his outstanding performance, and because he is Black, Mr. Wright has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer,” the lawsuit stated.
One example that was cited by Wright in his suit was when he asked to appear on The O’Reilly Factor a few years ago to discuss racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He claims he was turned down by O’Reilly “because it showed Blacks in ‘too positive’ a light.”
Wright also said that last year, he pitched a morning show to Fox News executives that would show “positive stories about the African-American community and its contributions to the world” and would have aired before Fox & Friends. The network loved the idea, but “rather than allowing Mr. Wright to host the show, Fox has given that job to another of Mr. Wright’s White colleagues.”
A spokesman for Fox News immediately fired back to say that the channel and company behind it “vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits. They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases.”
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