Fox Sports Head Jamie Horowitz Fired In Sexual Harassment Investigation

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 4, 2017

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was sacked last year over allegations he faced, and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was sacked this year.

Variety said a source confirmed that Fox Sports is investigating sexual harassment claims against Horowitz.

Jamie Horowitz, President of National Networks for FOX Sports, will be leaving FOX Sports effective immediately. "These values are non-negotiable", according to a memo obtained by Sports Business Journal's John Ourand.

The move comes a week after Horowitz announced layoffs of its writers and that Fox Sports Digital would be moving to an all-video format. He was also fired from that job after only a few months.

He hired powerful litigator Patricia Glaser - who handled Conan O'Brien's NBC exit and Keith Olbermann's fight with Current TV - to represent him, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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"At no point in his [Horowitz's] tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct, nor an inability to adhere to professional conduct", Glaser released in a statement.

The announcement made by Fox Sports president Eric Shanks, via an email sent to Fox Sports staffers, didn't offer any specific reasons for Horowitz's firing, other than a vague note about personal conduct. Shanks will be handling Horowitz's responsibilities until a replacement is named. Jamie was hired to do a job - a job that until today he has performed in exemplary fashion.

The harassment at Fox News and Fox Sports is part of a wider problem of the treatment of women in the media industry.

Horowitz began his career in 2006 with NBC Sports, before transitioning over to ESPN where he produced hit shows "First Take" and "Sports Nation". He was instrumental in Fox's signing of Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd away from ESPN. All of these functions will now report directly to me.

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