Fox Business Network on-air host Charles Payne was suspended Thursday amid sexual harassment allegations made against him.
A Fox Business Network spokesperson said Payne, who hosts the network’s Making Money series, confirmed Payne’s suspension pending further investigation. Rotating sub-hosts will fill in for Payne on Making Money, which Payne has hosted since 2014.
Payne just last month singed a multi-year agreement with the network. In a statement FBN said: “We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct. This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner.”
According to The Los Angeles Times which first reported the story, Payne admitted to the National Enquirer the he was engaged in a three-year extramarital affair with a married female political analyst who frequently appeared on FBN and Fox News from 2013 to 2016.
Payne’s suspension is the latest fallout from sexual harassment allegations levied against top 21st Century Fox executives and on-air personalities over the past year, including the April firing of Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and last summer’s departure of Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
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Also, Fox Sports Networks president Jamie Horowitz was fired last week amid reports of sexual harassment allegations.