Politician and actor Laurence Fox has been suspended from his role as a presenter on GB News over comments he made in reference to a far-left radical feminist.
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 a self-described political commentator and journalist Ava 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.
The two attention-seeking shock jocks have previously clashed on social media, yet yesterday evening, Fox took things one step further by slamming the relatively unknown Evans with a flurry of sexist remarks.
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 this morning, 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.’
This followed another statement last night, in which GB News said: ‘Comments made tonight on GB News by Laurence Fox were totally unacceptable.
‘What he said does not reflect our values and we apologise unreservedly for the comments and the offence they have caused. We have launched an investigation and will be apologising to the individual involved.’
But Fox refused to apologised and posted a lengthy statement on X this morning, saying: ‘First of all, don’t take a pop at Dan Wootton for something I said. That’s not fair.
‘Secondly. I stand by every word of what I said. If a woman wants to go on television and belittle male suicide, she is totally within her rights to do so and not apologise, just as I am totally within my rights to say that I wouldn’t want to sh*g a hyper offended fourth wave feminist and not apologise, just as people are totally within their rights to be offended by my stating I would run a mile in the opposite direction from women like her, should our paths cross in a bar. It’s called free speech.’
He added that the ‘new woke world is low on laughter and high on offence, but it’s still worth trying to find the lighter moments in this joyless new cancel culture which has been created for us’.
Fox added in his statement: ‘You are totally entitled to find my mockery of the insane hypocrisy in this world not to your taste, but that’s me, and I will continue to be me, as a wise man once said ‘Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.’
‘So you keep trying to cancel away in your state of permanent offence, I’ve been cancelled already and may well be again, but I don’t care one bit, and I will keep defending my right to have an opinion on issues which concern me.
‘Without free speech and the presumption of innocence we are not free. We aren’t quite communist Eastern Europe yet. We may very close, but not quite there. It’s still worth fighting for.
‘So if you are expecting a grovelling apology, I suggest you don’t hold your breath. I won’t ever apologise to the mob. Have a lovely day.’
Signing off the message he said: ‘In this self censoring world, speak your mind. Live strong and free.’
Following his suspension, Fox followed this post up with a claim that he had done a ‘pre interview’ with the channel ‘so they knew exactly what I intended to say’.