Things are not looking great for Fox News. In recent months they lost Megyn “White Jesus” Kelly and Gretchen Carlson because the network is filled with misogynist pricks who can’t “keep it in their pants” long enough to get through the work day, Greta Van Susteren over a contract dispute, and Bill O’Reilly because he’s one of the aforementioned douchefaces. At this point, the only thing holding the trailer park that is Fox News together through this tornado is Sean Hannity — and he now has problems of his own now that a former Fox contributor has spoken out about his conduct.
Debbie Schlussel said on the Pat Campbell Podcast on Friday that Hannity harassed her at a book signing before her appearance on her show:
He had some event at a bookstore where he signed his book for people standing in line. He asked me to come meet him at this book signing,” Schlussel said on the podcast.
“So I met him there and it was very awkward. He had me stand up there with him while he signed books and I felt very weird. These people don’t know me and they didn’t come for me to sign their books. So then I left to get ready for the show and he said, ‘Why don’t you come back with me to my hotel?’ and I said no, I have to get ready for the show.”
Schlussel, who describes herself as a “conservative political commentator, radio talk show host, columnist and attorney” on her personal website, also said Hannity and then-executive producer Bill Shine, who now serves as co-president of Fox News, “head-faked” her.
“Sean came up to me and said we’re gonna double-team, which was a weird phrase to use, this Palestinian guy that I was up against on the show,” Schlussel said.
“And then every time I tried to open my mouth and say something, they yelled at me and said, ‘obey your host, you can’t say anything or else we’re gonna shut off your microphone.’”
After the show, she says Hannity once again invited her to his hotel room — an offer any sane human would refuse. She, of course, declined.
“And then after that, I wasn’t booked on a show again. And he called me and yelled at me,” she says. “It was made clear to me that I didn’t go back to his hotel with him after and I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn’t be back on his show.”
Hannity, like O’Reilly, jumped straight into “DENY” mode, saying that he wants to “BE CLEAR” (caps are all him) that “THE COMMENTS ABOUT ME ON A RADIO SHOW THIS WEEK by this individual ARE 100% false and a complete fabrication.”
“This individual is a serial harasser who has been lying about me for well over a decade,” Hannity’s redundancy-laden statement continued. “The individual has a history of making provably false statements against me in an effort to slander, smear and besmirch my reputation.” And, of course, he threatened to sue his alleged victim, because apparently these people all follow a script for this sort of thing:
In this fiercely divided and vindictive political climate I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views,” he said. “I will fight every single lie about me by all legal means available to me as an American.”
What is the future of Fox News? Not much if these allegations turn out to be true.
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