GB News ends 'employment relationship' with Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson

Wednesday 4 October 2023

GB News presenters Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson have been dismissed from the broadcaster following the fall-out from comments Fox made about journalist Ava Evans.

Actor-turned-politician Fox made a series of personal remarks about political correspondent Ms Evans, including asking “who would want to shag that?”, on the Dan Wootton Tonight programme on September 26.

Fox and presenter Wootton, who have both since apologised, were suspended by GB News after the broadcast, alongside Robinson, who hosts a religious current affairs programme on the channel.

Robinson has since been sacked from GB news after he shared support for Wootton online, writing the channel's bosses were "scared" of Ofcom and "the woke mob."

On Wednesday, GB News confirmed both Fox and Robinson had been dismissed, while an internal investigation into 40-year-old presenter Wootton is continuing.

Laurence Fox has been sacked by GB News (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)

A statement from the broadcaster said: “Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson were both suspended last week pending internal investigations that have now concluded.

“As of today, GB News has ended its employment relationship with Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson.

“The internal investigation into Dan Wootton continues.”

It comes after UK media watchdog Ofcom confirmed it had received a total of 8,846 complaints about the broadcast.

Since the broadcast, MailOnline announced it had terminated its contract with Wootton, who was a columnist for the site.

GB News boss Angelos Frangopoulos previously said he was “appalled” by the remarks, adding that they were not in keeping with the values of the channel.

Fox has also had a run in with police, and has been arrested after footage on social media showed officers searching his home.

The Metropolitan Police said a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit criminal damage to Ulez (Ultra low emission zone) cameras and encouraging or assisting offences to be committed.

The suspect was arrested in Stockwell and was taken to a South London police station where he remains in custody, the force said.

A video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, by the Reclaim Party, which was launched by Fox, shows the former actor sat on a sofa and pointing at officers, saying: “Look how many coppers there are in my house.”

Fox is then heard saying “That, ladies and gentlemen, is the country we live in,” before putting his thumb up to the camera.

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