Fox News host Eric Bolling, who has for years made sexist remarks on air, has been suspended from the network pending an investigation into whether he sent "lewd photos" to female coworkers, according to CNN. Concluding his message, Bolling appeared to dismiss the allegations against him, tweeting, "I look forward to clearing my name asap".
Bolling, who previously co-hosted "The Five", now serves as a host of the new Fox News show "The Specialists" and the weekly Saturday program "Cashin' In".
Last year, Fox News's powerful chairman Roger Ailes left the company following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.More news: Serena Williams has 50s themed baby shower
The inappropriate texting allegedly happened several years ago, before any of Fox's recent sexual harassment scandals came to light.
"We were just informed of this late Friday afternoon via the Huffington Post inquiry and plan to investigate the matter", a Fox News spokesperson told TheWrap.
Bolling denied all claims of his relationship with Heldman, as his attorney Michael Bowe told DailyMail.com on Monday: "Mr. Bolling never had any interactions with Ms. Heldman of a sexual nature, and any such accusation would be false and defamatory".More news: Mark Carney: Brexit is harming United Kingdom and transition agreement is needed
She then stated that Bolling often called and texted her after shows to talk or to apologize for his behavior on camera, only to do it again after her next appearance.
In 2010, I consoled a make-up artist (who no longer works for Fox) after Gene Simmons sexually harassed her, and this was not his first time doing so. She also alleged that Bolling told her he wanted to fly her out to NY for "in-studio hits and to have 'fun'".
The law firm Paul, Weiss is conducting the investigation, Fox News said. "Once, he took me up to his office in NY, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex", she added.
"Specialists" is an important piece of Fox's weekday schedule, since it airs at an early evening hour - 5 p.m. ET - and helps drive a big audience to the network's prime time hours.More news: Oxford University murder suspect arrested
Remarkably, Bolling is not the only Fox host that is sitting on the proverbial bench right now. Still, it remains the most-watched network in cable news.