GB News has suspended Laurence Fox over comments he made about a female journalist, Ava-Santina.
GB News suspended Laurence Fox
Journalist Ava-Santina shared the clip from the show and wrote: “Laurence Fox just did a whole speech on GB News on why men apparently won’t shag me?”
She then added: “I feel physically sick.”
Dan Wootton has since messaged on X: “I want to reiterate my regret over last night’s exchange with Laurence on GB News. Having looked at the footage, I can see how inappropriate my reaction to his totally unacceptable remarks appears to be and want to be clear that I was in no way amused by the comments. I reacted as I did out of shock and surprise in an off guard moment while working out how to respond as he continued to speak by searching for tweets @AvaSantina had sent earlier in the day while having them read out in my ear at the same time. However, I should have intervened immediately to challenge offensive and misogynistic remarks.
“I apologise unreservedly for what was a very unfortunate lapse in judgement on my part under the intense pressure of a bizarre exchange. I know I should have done better. I’m devastated that I let down the team and our supportive GBN family. We seek to tackle the issue and not the person, which I intend to stress again on air tonight.”
Writing on X, formerly Twitter, the channel said: “GB News has formally suspended Laurence Fox while we continue our investigation into comments he made on the channel last night.
“Mr Fox’s suspension is effective immediately and he has been taken off air. We will be apologising formally to Ms Evans today.”
It comes after Laurence Fox said he stood by “every word” of his “vile” tirade about Ava, whom he called a “little woman”.
Fox said on X: “I stand by every word of what I said. I am totally within my rights to say that I wouldn’t want to shag a hyper offended 4th wave feminist and not apologise.”
Since Fox was suspended he then shared what he seems to claim is a message exchange between himself and Dan, but the veracity of this can’t be proved.
Ava had since added: “I haven’t had an apology yet if anyone was wondering.
“Really, really grateful to every person who reached out to me. From MPs, to journalists, to friends and people on here. I’m overwhelmed by how kind people have been. I’m also immensely grateful to the incredibly courageous people who spoke out despite working on the station.”