In an interview with BBC Radio 4, the chief executive of GB News has said he was “appalled” by comments made by Laurence Fox on Dan Wootton’s show, with the scandal so far leading to the suspension of three presenters.
CEO Angelos Frangopoulos, who ran Sky News Australia before taking over GB News, said that the channel has a “process to follow”, but expects the internal investigation to be “resolved very quickly”.
“…I was horrified by what was said….that comment should not have gone to air.”
On Thursday night, Fox admitted he expects GB News bosses to sack him and Dan Wootton on Friday morning – though, so far no such dismissal has been announced.
Instead, this afternoon, controversial presenter and conspiracy theorist Calvin Robinson was suspended for defending Fox and attacking his own colleagues.
The drama began earlier this week. In a clip that has already been viewed over ten million times, Fox appeared on Dan Wootton’s show to discuss a vile tweet by Evans.
Evans had been widely condemned for appearing to dismiss the need for a government minister to address men’s mental health and suicide – an issue that claims thousands of lives every year. Evans also previously said she wants men to be ‘afraid’ and ‘live in fear’ of accusations made by women, regardless of whether or not those accusations are true.
Fox told Wootton: ‘We’re past the watershed so I can say this: show me a single self-respecting man that would like to climb into bed with that woman, ever, ever, who wasn’t an Incel?
‘That little woman has been fed, spoon-fed oppression day after day after day… starting with the lie of the gender wage gap, and she’s sat there and I’m going, if I met you in a bar and that was like sentence three, chances of me just walking away are just huge.
‘We need powerful strong amazing women who make great points for themselves, we don’t need these sort of feminist 4.0… they’re pathetic and embarrassing. Who would want to sh*g that?’
Wootton replied: ‘Well, look, she, I’m just going to provide a touch of balance from her because she did actually respond to this earlier today, saying that she regretted her comments but she didn’t apologise.’
Wootton added: ‘And she’s a very beautiful woman, Laurence, very beautiful woman.’
In a statement posted to X, GB News 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.’
The following day, GB News also suspended Dan Wootton.
Laurence Fox has since issued an emotional apology in a video posted on his X account.
Today, Calvin Robinson tweeted: “I have been suspended from GB News.”
It followed an earlier post showing support for Wootton, saying he would not appear on Dan Wootton Tonight without his suspended colleague.
He also condemned “careerist ambitious” colleagues “who are currently gunning for his job”.
“These people are worse than the woke mob, because these vultures are giving the mob ammunition and essentially escalating the channel’s demise,” he added.
Mr Robinson has himself been widely criticised in recent months for spreading conspiracy theories, demonstrable false information, and for promoting anti-Ukraine Kremlin narratives riddled with debunked claims, in an apparent effort to get attention from his followers on social media.
Wootton’s MailOnline column has also been axed over the controversy.
Meanwhile, a GB News insider has told the Daily Express that the channel’s presenters were left terrified of becoming the “face of the apology” for the on-air behaviour of the suspended presenters.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the staffer said that fellow employees “think it’s about time Dan Wootton got his comeuppance”.
The source added that there would be “uproar from a lot of female presenters” if Fox was reinstated on the channel.
They said that Wootton is not popular with staff, and that, “even those who would usually back Wootton think he’s messed up here,” adding that “everyone” he had spoken to was pleased he had been suspended.
“About 20% of staff like the show [presented by Wootton], 80% think he’s a toxic brand.”
“People [I have spoken to] are just glad Bev’s not here to tweet that Laurence Fox is her hero the same way she did for Brand.”
The GB News employee was referencing Turner’s widely-slammed defence of comedian Russell Brand, whom she claimed was a ‘hero’ before dismissing allegations against him before even reading the allegations or watching Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary.
Brand unequivocally denies any wrongdoing.
On September 24, Turner posted on X, formerly Twitter, that she was on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa, though her absence is assumed by some commentators to have been ordered rather than voluntary.