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Dan Wootton suspended from GB News after Laurence Fox’s on-air remarks

27 Sep 2023 2 minute read
Video grab taken from Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine programme of political correspondent Ava Evans appearing on the show. Photo Channel 5/PA Wire

Dan Wootton has been suspended from GB News following remarks made by Laurence Fox on the broadcaster’s show about a female journalist which have been described as “unacceptable, unjustifiable and indefensible”.

Speaking on Tuesday during an appearance on Dan Wootton Tonight, actor-turned-politician Fox made a series of remarks about Ava Evans, the political correspondent for online news site Joe, including asking: “Who would want to shag that?”

In a statement, the channel said: “GB News has suspended Dan Wootton following comments made on his programme by Laurence Fox last night.

“This follows our decision earlier today to formally suspend Mr Fox. We are conducting a full investigation.”

Wootton has apologised for the remarks, saying he “regretted” the interview.

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During the exchange, Wootton was heard laughing following actor-turned-politician Fox saying on Tuesday night: “We’re past the watershed so I can say this: show me a single self-respecting man that would like to climb into bed with that woman, ever, ever, who wasn’t an Incel?

“That little woman has been fed, spoon-fed oppression day after day after day… starting with the lie of the gender wage gap, and she’s sat there and I’m going, if I met you in a bar and that was like sentence three, chances of me just walking away are just huge.

“We need powerful, strong, amazing women who make great points for themselves, we don’t need these sort of feminist 4.0… they’re pathetic and embarrassing. Who would want to shag that?”

His comments drew strong reactions, with Conservative MP Philip Davies, who hosts a show on GB News, saying in a statement to the PA news agency: “Laurence Fox’s disgraceful remarks were completely unacceptable, unjustifiable and indefensible.”


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Philip Davies
Philip Davies
6 months ago

No question: Embarrassingly poor journalism and a shocking lack of self-control by Mr Fox, who shows every sign of serious – shall we say – anger management issues. His rant tipped what might have been a robust but perfectly polite exchange on modern radical feminism’s view of their opposing sex in the eternal ‘war of the sexes’ – which most decent folk now have called an amicable truce on – into a savage row that must fairly accurately reflect what his ex., Billie Piper, had to put up with. The pity is, of course, that there are so many unresolved… Read more »

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago

GB News have been caught out big time here. Wootton should not have been on air to get suspended on this issue. He should have been suspended in tandem with his Mail online suspension with an investigation underway into his own previous behaviour but I’ll bet he’ll be back on air in a matter of days as this channel has form on removing people for inappropriate behaviour and then getting them back on in next to no time. It’s hardly surprising though given the mob of monsters they employ to push bigotry or ‘free speech’ as they call it. Call… Read more »

Philip Davies
Philip Davies
6 months ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

I agree wholeheartedly with your particular but not at all with your general point; remember there is such a thing as left-wing bigotry, as well. Correctives are balance, not bigotry. Fox’s rant exhibited shocking bigotry; Ms Evans’ known and sweeping anti-man bigotry was given a free pass through Editorial blundering. It should not be beyond the Media collectively to provide an honest and broad spectrum of views and narratives for the better information of people.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago
Reply to  Philip Davies

Agreed, bigotry can rear its’ head anywhere. I hadn’t even heard of Ava Evans until yesterday and I watched her segment on the Politics Show. She clearly was quite pushy with her agenda but there was balance and there was no free pass or editorial blundering. Sadly, I’ve heard of Gammon Bigot Notnews long since and despite hardly ever looking in on it, it lives up to that name every time I do.

Philip Davies
Philip Davies
6 months ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

I appreciate your reasonable tone, but you rather blow it with your ridiculously sweeping caricature, ‘Gammon Bigot Notnews’. It is perhaps because you ‘hardly ever look in on it’ that your own bias is the only thing you ever take away from the channel? Ah, well: The ideological gulf between us is an old one, being rooted in long-standing differences which politics seems less and less able to amicably resolve. At least our exchanges have been mutually respectful. [Sorry if this response was delayed by the Moderator]

Last edited 6 months ago by Philip Davies

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