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Fox Sports Programming President Fired Amid Sex Harassment Enquiry

Jamie Horowitz’s reign as the head of Fox Sports’ cable networks ended abruptly Monday amid another 21st Century Fox sexual harassment investigation.

Fox Sports President and CEO Eric Shanks announced in a memo to employees obtained by USA TODAY Sports and other outlets that Horowitz was “leaving FOX Sports effective immediately.” Fox Sports declined to release the details behind what led to Horowitz’s firing, although his lawyer, Patty Glaser, told USA TODAY Sports that Horowitz’s departure was “probably” related to a sexual harassment investigation.

Fox hired a law firm to investigate Horowitz’s conduct. Several women, including on-air talent, had been interviewed by the law firm, The Los Angeles Times reported. On Friday, Horowitz was asked to report to work at 8 a.m. PT on Monday when he was terminated, Glaser said.

“The way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling,” said Glaser, reading from a statement. “At no point in his tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct or the inability to adhere to professional standards. Jamie was hired by Fox to do a job, a job until today he had performed in an exemplary fashion. Any slanderous accusations to the contrary will be vigorously defended.”

A woman who worked as a production staffer at Fox Sports told Sports Illustrated that she had met with human resource officials last week where she recounted how Horowitz had attempted to kiss her away from the studio last year.


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