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GB News apologises over ‘unacceptable’ comments towards female journalist

27 Sep 2023 4 minute read
Laurence Fox. Photo Ian West/PA Wire

GB News has launched an investigation into “totally unacceptable” comments made by Laurence Fox about a female journalist during a broadcast.

Fox made a series of remarks about Ava Evans, the political correspondent for online news site Joe, during an episode of Dan Wootton Tonight on Tuesday including describing her as a “little woman” and saying: “We don’t need these sort of feminist 4.0” who, he said, are “pathetic and embarrassing”, adding: “Who would want to shag that?”

Ms Evans, a former producer at LBC, shared a clip of the comments on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, with the caption: “Laurence Fox just did a whole speech on GB News on why men apparently won’t shag me?” which has been viewed more than five million times as of Wednesday morning.

In a follow-up tweet to her nearly 100 000 followers she added that the footage made her feel “physically sick”.

During Tuesday night’s discussion on GB News, the strapline on the screen read: “Smirking Face of Disdain”, with the text under it reading: ‘Hard-left commentator slammed for shrugging off male suicide crisis’.

Watershed

Fox, whose previous acting credits include Gosford Park and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, told Wootton: “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?”

Laughing, Wootton replied: “Well, look, she, I’m just going to provide a touch of balance from her because she did actually respond to this earlier today, saying that she regretted her comments but she didn’t apologise.”

Wootton, a former executive editor at The Sun, added: “And she’s a very beautiful woman, Laurence, very beautiful woman.”

The discussion came after Ms Evans appeared on BBC’s Politics Live on Monday.

Tuesday night’s comments drew a strong reaction on X, with Conservative peer Daniel Finkelstein writing: “Oh my God this is truly appalling. Even for the two individuals involved this was a new low.”

Tories

MPs Lee Anderson, Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, Esther McVey and Philip Davies are among the Tories who host shows on GB News.

In a statement posted to X, GB News said: “Comments made tonight on GB News by Laurence Fox were totally unacceptable.

“What he said does not reflect our values and we apologise unreservedly for the comments and the offence they have caused.

“We have launched an investigation and will be apologising to the individual involved.”

In a message to Ms Evans on X, host Dan Wootton said: “Dear @AvaSantina. I think you’re brilliant. Earlier tonight I was attempting to find your tweets to read back from my iPad and couldn’t locate them.

“I apologise for what was said during the course of my show and should have done this immediately on air. This is not what our channel is about.”

Fox, who was previously married to actress Billie Piper, founded the Reclaim Party in October 2020 after an appearance on the BBC’s Question Time earlier that year, which the actor said resulted in him being “cancelled from a 21-year acting career”.

According to its website, the party exists to challenge “woke orthodoxy” and promote “freedom of speech”, which it views as being “under grave peril”.

Fox and Ofcom have been approached for comment.


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Erisian
Erisian
4 months ago

I can no longer enjoy episodes of Lewis thanks to this idiot.

Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago

“Investigating”? Yeah right. How is Wooton doing anyway?

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
4 months ago

I suppose I’ll just have to move past the fact that Wootton/Branning whatever he’s called is still on air to facilitate this filth given that he has been suspended from other places where he writes columns pending investigation into his activities. Why would he bother apologising to Ava Evans? I thought the whole point of GB ‘free speech hate speech’ News was so that the perennially abhorrent had somewhere to spew out their verbal diarrhoea, their ‘free speech’. For the station to say ‘Does not reflect our values’ and for the presenter to say ‘This is not what our channel… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
4 months ago

GB News – is that newsworthy ? These are mostly inward looking pervs who get off on bad mouthing others. Most of us don’t watch the channel and it makes no contribution whatsoever to how we see the world. Giving it the oxygen of publicity is the most harmful thing you can do.

Gareth
Gareth
4 months ago

This TV station, is just a mouthpiece for the Tory party. It has been investigated for several ” serious ” breaches of its licence by OFFCOM, but has just been given a warning. In one such breach it was found to have been ” overwhelmingly reflective of the viewpoints of different strands of opinion within the Conservative party”. Supporting the Tory party, no wonder OFFCOM has not issued a fine or asked them to correct these errors on live TV.
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