Fox Sports Exec Jamie Horowitz Fired Amid Claims Of Sexual Harassment


Jamie Horowitz, who has run programming at Fox Sports since May 2015, has been fired from the network amid an internal investigation of sexual harassment claims.

"Jamie Horowitz is no longer with Fox Sports effective immediately", a Fox Sports spokesperson said in a statement.

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. Reports are also that 21st Century Fox has been trying to address work culture issues involving wide-spread sexual harassment going all the way up to the recent firing of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes past year.

According to Eric Hayden of The Hollywood Reporter, Horowitz has hired a "powerhouse" lawyer.

Horowitz joined Fox Sports two year ago from NBC News where he was hired to work the Today show, but was dropped before starting. "Any slanderous accusations to the contrary will be vigorously defended". It sounds like the investigation at Fox Sports is following the same path and finding the same behaviors as the scandal that has decimated Fox News.

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"Creating compelling sports video content is what we do best at Fox Sports", Horowitz told staffers in a memo that Bloomberg reported.

The probe comes a year after late Fox News founder Roger Ailes resigned due to sexual harassment allegations from female employees, and two months after political commentator Bill O'Reilly was sacked by the network following similar accusations.

For now Shanks says he is "stepping in to handle [Horowitz's] former responsibilities including programming, marketing and scheduling for FS1 and FS2, as well as digital".

Horowitz is both hailed and ridiculed for ushering in an era of argument as entertainment, bringing with him to Fox Sports personalities such as Skip Bayless and Jason Whitlock. All of these functions will now report directly to me.