Eric Bolling became the latest in a growing line of male employees to be dumped by Fox News after he was accused and investigated for sexual harassment.
In a statement, Fox News described the parting as amicable, “Fox News Channel is canceling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably. We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”
The reality is that Fox News has seen their talent roster gutted by the sexual harassment scandal. The departure of Roger Ailes led to Greta Van Susteren leaving. The sexual harassment scandal sent Megyn Kelly to NBC, and eventually caught the big fish in sending Bill O’Reilly into retirement. Bolling always had ambitions of being next Bill O’Reilly, so at least in one way, he got his wish.
Bolling was a key part of the Fox News “B Team.” He was never good enough to have his own solo prime time show, but he was a familiar face to Fox News viewers.
Two events happened that shattered Fox News as the dominant ratings leader in cable news.
The election of the wildly unpopular Trump led to a surge of viewers moving to MSNBC, specifically, The Rachel Maddow Show, and the Fox News sexual harassment scandal depleted the network of its top talent, and the replacements have been average at best.
Fox News is on the decline, and the network may never recover from the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that continues to grow.