Fox Sports Fires President of National Networks for Sexual Harassment
Fox Sports has fired Jamie Horowitz, President of National Networks, for sexual harassment.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the network opened an investigation into allegations against Horowitz early last week. At that point a number of women were immediately interviewed, including prominent on-air personalities and show producers.
According to Horowitz’s attorney, he was told to report to his Los Angeles office at 8 a.m. on Monday morning for a meeting. At that meeting Horowitz met with Fox Sports human resources executives, who informed him that he was fired, effective immediately.
Fox Sports President Eric Shanks sent a memo to employees on Monday, saying “we realize this news may come as a surprise for many of you, but we are confident in this decision.”
Shanks also included a reminder that the company’s values are “non-negotiable.” You can read the full text of his email below:
I regret to inform you that Jamie Horowitz, President of National Networks for FOX Sports, will be leaving FOX Sports effective immediately. We realize this news may come as a surprise for many of you, but we are confident in this decision.
Everyone at FOX Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, function or show we contribute to — should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times. These values are non-negotiable.
Until Jamie’s replacement is named, I am stepping in to handle his former responsibilities including programming, marketing and scheduling for FS1 and FS2, as well as digital. All of these functions will now report directly to me.
We understand how difficult this will be for many of you, but in these times it is important that we remain unwavering and focused in continuing the great work of FOX Sports.
At this point we don’t know much about who or what is involved in the probe against Horowitz. However, one female Fox Sports employee who spoke to Sports Illustrated on condition of anonymity says Horowitz tried to kiss her last year. “I have been working in sports for a long time,” she explains, “and no one has ever been that bold with me.”
Sports Illustrated‘s source says she was contacted by HR last week.
“To Fox’s credit they handed it quickly and really pro-active. They went out of their way to contact me.”
Sounds like the higher ups in Rupert Murdoch‘s 21st Century Fox media empire have learned their lesson from last year’s ugly Roger Ailes scandal.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]