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Fox News fires LI native Ed Henry for 'willful sexual misconduct'

Ed Henry began working at Fox News Channel

Ed Henry began working at Fox News Channel in 2011, after a seven-year stint at CNN. Credit: AP / Carolyn Kaster

Fox News Channel has fired veteran anchor and reporter Ed Henry over a complaint of sexual harassment, or "willful sexual misconduct," according to an internal network memo released to the media Wednesday morning.

In the memo, the network said that "on Thursday, June 25, we received a complaint about [Henry] from a former employee's attorney." Henry was suspended that day, according to the memo, signed by the network CEO Suzanne Scott and its president, Jay Wallace. "Based on investigative findings, Ed has been terminated," effective immediately.

Deer Park-raised Henry, 48, joined Fox News Channel in 2011 after seven years at CNN. In 2016, InTouch magazine reported that he had had an extramarital affair with a Las Vegas stripper over a period of 10 months. He took a leave of absence in the wake of the report, returning after a few months in a diminished role (he had been Fox News' Chief White House reporter, covering the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton during the affair). Most recently, Henry had been co-anchor with Sandra Smith of morning program "America's Newsroom."

Last July, he underwent surgery to donate a portion of his liver to his sister, Colleen, who had congenital liver disease and lives in Franklin Square.

Smith addressed Henry's dismissal on Wednesday's broadcast, saying:  “A moment now for some news about the co-anchor of this program, Ed Henry. After a recent claim and investigation involving sexual misconduct in the workplace, Ed has been terminated from Fox News. In an internal memo to employees, Fox News Media CEO, Suzanne Scott, and President and Executive Editor, Jay Wallace, addressed this very serious issue in an effort to bring full transparency to it and emphasized that we will continue to strive to maintain a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees. Rotating anchors will be sitting in with me until a replacement is named.”

 A Fox News Channel spokeswoman declined to comment further on the matter.

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