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Former Fox Host Speaks About Being Fired Via Teleprompter Amid Carlson Fallout

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Former Fox News host Melissa Francis has spoken about her departure from the network amid the fallout from Tucker Carlson and Fox News “parting ways.”

In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Sirius XM, Francis began by recalling an alleged incident in which Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott “shrugged it off” when her supervisor at the network sent an email calling Francis a “misogynistic sexist name.”

“When I worked at Fox News, there was a manager of mine who sent an email calling me a misogynistic, sexist name, and talking about — demeaning my behavior. He sent it around to all of the managers, and accidentally included me — we’ve all done that, to be honest. When you’re gossiping about someone and you add them to it too,” Francis said.

“So he did that. So when I received that email I went directly to [Fox News CEO] Suzanne Scott’s office because she also was copied on the email. And I said, what the f***?’ Like — I mean — and she shrugged it off. And that man who sent that email demeaning me in a sexist and misogynistic way still works there. In fact, he was the author of many of the things you read in the Dominion case,” she added. “And I checked yesterday — he’s still there. So this idea, that something in a text would be so awful that they wouldn’t — they’re on the side of women. They don’t want to subject Fox women to an environment where you have someone like Tucker saying those words — that is a bald-faced lie.”

Francis said she was axed via teleprompter.

The former Fox News host was paid $15 million in 2022 after she filed a gender-based pay disparity claim against the company. Francis’ team seems to believe she was let go from Fox News over her lawsuit against the network.

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During an interview late last year, Francis first spoke about her departure from Fox News while speaking with Megyn Kelly.

Francis said that she had a studio in her home with cameras and a teleprompter operated remotely.

“So the lights go on. I have a robotic camera so I don’t have the power to turn any of it on and off. That’s done from the studio. So the lights come on, the teleprompter comes on… I went over, I sat down, I clicked on my mic. I checked in, we talked to the producers, we did the whole thing,” she said.

“I’m about to go. And it comes up in the prompter, ‘You’ve been canceled’ and I said, ‘What what’s going on?’” Francis recalled.

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“And all of a sudden, everything went dead in my living room, just lights out, everything dead. And I was like, ‘Wow, okay. This is, this is how we’re doing this. Huh? Wow,’” the former host said.

“I talked to the show staff afterward and they were like, ‘We had — we weren’t told anything. We have no idea what happened.’ And they were left scrambling. I mean, all of a sudden this poor show team had no idea and they just yanked the electricity on their anchor,” Francis continued

Francis’ comments come after Fox News announced that the network had “parted ways” with Carlson.

Fox News also made headlines when it announced that host Dan Bongino had parted ways with the news network.

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“Folks, regretfully, last week was my last show on Fox News on the Fox News Channel,” the host said on his podcast, Variety reported. “It’s tough. It’s tough to say that. You know, I’ve been there doing hits and working there for ten years…so the show ending was tough. And I want you to know it’s not some big conspiracy. I promise you. There’s no acrimony. This wasn’t some WWE brawl that happened. We just couldn’t come to terms on an extension.”

“We thank Dan for his contributions and wish him success in his future endeavors,” the network said.

It said it will air ‘Lawrence Jones Cross Country” in place of Bongino’s show until the network announces a new schedule.

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