Fox News co-host of The Specialists, Trump loyalist Eric Bolling, has been fired from the network on Friday after being suspended for a month pending allegations that he texted graphic sexual images to current and former female colleagues.
Because of the exit of Bolling, Fox has confirmed that The Specialists — a political commentary talk show co-hosted by liberal Eboni K. Williams and Libertarian Katherine Timpf, is being canceled and will be replaced by an extra hour of straight news. Bolling was previously a co-host on the long-running program The Five on FOX News. Williams and Timpf will remain contributors at the network.
2. Fox News has confirmed that the program Bolling co-hosted, The Specialists, is cancelled and will be replaced by a news hour.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 8, 2017
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 8, 2017
However, another Fox host will be returning on Monday. Popular and well-liked Fox Business host Charles Payne will be returning to host Making Money after being temporarily suspended pending an investigation into allegations made by “female predator” Scottie Nell Hughes, who falsely claimed that she was somehow “coerced into a sexual relationship with Payne under threat of reprisals,” even though she wasn’t employed by the network.
Payne made the announcement of his return Friday afternoon on Twitter:
“I'm back hosting Making Money w/ Charles Payne tonight on @FoxBusiness helping Americans take control of their financial destiny.”
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) September 8, 2017
Fox’s Howard Kurtz reported that after an investigation, Payne had apparently been cleared of Hughes’ allegations, which Payne called consensual. Payne admitted a three-year affair with Scottie Nell Hughes but asserted that there was no coercion involved whatsoever.
Fox wont comment on probe in bringing back Charles Payne but appears he's been cleared. He said relationship with ex-guest was consensual
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) September 8, 2017
Payne’s version of the story strongly seems to be the accurate one. As Red Alert Politics reported, obtained emails confirm that if Hughes was forced into the relationship for some reason, she had a strange way of showing it:
Red Alert Politics has exclusively obtained emails exchanged between Hughes and Payne, and verified by two separate sources, that may cast doubt on Hughes’ allegations. In one email to the Fox Business host, Hughes described a sexual fantasy of hers about what they would do together.
In the exchange on September 3, 2013, near the beginning of their relationship, Hughes sent Payne a graphic e-mail in which she discussed a recent sex dream she had involving the two of them in a swimming pool.
“Do you know what I keep dreaming about.. You and I in the pool… My legs wrapped around your waste and you have me pressed up against the wall of the pool,” Hughes wrote. “Skin glistening and smelling of coconut… You thrusting yourself deeper inside with each push… And your fingers grasping each of my cheeks,” Hughes wrote.
And there’s more….
According to a statement from Payne, the two had a three-year relationship from 2013 to 2016. Hughes lawyers said to The Los Angeles Times that their client stayed in the relationship because she believed it would ultimately lead to a job at Fox News.
In a conversation with Red Alert Politics, one of Hughes’ former colleagues, who wished to remain anonymous, called her a “female predator.”
According to Kristina Lee Hall who worked with Hughes at the Tea Party News Network, Hughes was famous for sleeping with well-connected men who ran or controlled conservative PACs and websites. Lee asked us to keep the men’s names anonymous.
Here are some of the online reactions to Payne’s return:
Good. And I hope he's suing Scottie Nell Hughes for false accusations. https://t.co/ki1uTSJFVM
— Angela.Kay (@DeepSouthProud) September 8, 2017
I think Scottie Nell Hughes is a LIAR & Opportunist!
— Fox News Fan (@FNC_Ladies_Rule) September 8, 2017
— Sahil Desai #BothPartiesSuck (@SahilcdesaiC) September 8, 2017
Meanwhile, Scottie Nell Hughes is reportedly eyeing a congressional bid, considering running for Congress in Tennessee should current Congresswoman Diane Black run for governor.