Televangelist Pat Robertson was standing up for Fox News Network’s Eric Bolling on Monday night, in the face of recent allegations of sexual harassment, calling them “totally bogus” and suggesting that a liberal conspiracy which is hell-bent on destroying Fox News was at the heart of the scandal.
Bolling, who previously co-hosted “The Five,” recently appeared on the network as a host of the new FOX show, “The Specialists,” and the weekly Saturday program, “Cashin’ In.”
More than a dozen women told The Huffington Post, which broke the story on Friday, that Bolling sent an unsolicited “d**k pic” to at least three different colleagues.
Then, a former Fox News guest named Caroline Heldman wrote a scathing Facebook post about Bolling on Saturday, saying, “My only surprise is that it took this long for people to come forward about Bolling’s behavior, which has been wildly inappropriate for years.”
The well-known founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and former presidential candidate told viewers that he’s “not a conspiracy theorist” as he meticulously laid out his theory:
“If you wanted to destroy Fox News … you really wanted to destroy them, what would you do?” Robertson asked. “Well, you would send some salacious material, ostensibly from one of their popular co-hosts or hosts, and you’d send it out and then get it publicized. And then you have some woman complain that she had gotten this salacious material from this co-host and then she would come to FOX, and FOX is so averse to any kind of legal action that they would immediately take the person off the air. So, before long, you would have decimated the prime-time lineup of all the FOX hosts. Easy to do? Absolutely. Is it being done? Probably.”
Robertson continued, “The latest attack is against a guy named Eric Bolling, who I think is a straight arrow. He was on this program. He’s a dedicated Catholic, goes to mass every day, very nice man. They’ve pulled him off the air because someone sent some pictures ostensibly over his name.”
Calling Bolling one of the most popular hosts in Fox News’ line-up, Robertson compared the situation Bolling now finds himself in, having been suspended from appearing on-air indefinitely, to the firings of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes.
“[T]hey got rid of O’Reilly, who was the top getting of [an] audience, the most popular host they had. Of course, they got rid of Roger Ailes, the architect who put it all together,” Robertson pointed out, noting, “It’s so easy to do now. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but it’s so easy to see what’s being done. I think it’s a terrible shame. FOX had better sync up, gird up their loins; people are going after them. Anybody can send a salacious piece of literature.”
A spokesperson for FOX told The Hill that Bolling will be investigated by the Paul Weiss law firm, which is the same firm the network used to investigate former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Ailes was dismissed from the network just two days after the firm began investigating. He passed away in May.
Bolling made a public statement on Monday, defending himself from the allegations of sexual harassment, writing on Twitter, “Overwhelmed by all the support I have received. Thank you[.] I look forward to clearing my name asap.”
Bolling’s lawyer also released a statement threatening to sue false reports and swearing that Bolling has no recollection of the messages and doesn’t believe he sent them.
“Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made,” stated attorney Michael J. Bowe.
See Robertson’s full comments in the video below.
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