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04 October 2023

Laurence Fox sacked by GB News as he's arrested on suspicion of 'conspiring to damage ULEZ cameras

04 October 2023

Laurence Fox has been dismissed from GB News following comments he made on-air about a female journalist.

The actor-turned-politician made a series of personal remarks about political correspondent Ava Evans, including asking “who would want to shag that?”, on the Dan Wootton Tonight programme on September 26.

Fox and presenter Wootton, who have both since apologised, were suspended by the channel after the broadcast.

On Wednesday, GB News confirmed Fox had been sacked, while an internal investigation into 40-year-old Wootton is continuing.

Calvin Robinson, who hosts a religious current affairs programme on the channel, has also been dismissed after sharing support for Wootton online.

As of today, GB News has ended its employment relationship with Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson. The internal investigation into Dan Wootton continues

A statement from the broadcaster said: “Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson were both suspended last week pending internal investigations that have now concluded.

“As of today, GB News has ended its employment relationship with Laurence Fox and Calvin Robinson.

“The internal investigation into Dan Wootton continues.”

Fox has hosted his own weekly GB News show since November 2022 but was appearing as a guest on Dan Wootton Tonight when he made the comments.

It comes after the 45-year-old was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit criminal damage to Ulez (ultra low emission zone) cameras and encouraging or assisting offences to be committed.

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said the suspect was arrested in Stockwell and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

Last week, 37-year-old Robinson revealed he had also been suspended from GB News after he stood in solidarity with Wootton online, adding that GB News will be on “borrowed time” if it does not stand by Wootton.

UK media watchdog Ofcom has received a total of 8,846 complaints about Fox’s remarks.

Since the broadcast, MailOnline has terminated its contract with Wootton, who was a columnist for the site.

GB News boss Angelos Frangopoulos previously said he was “appalled” by the remarks, adding that they were not in keeping with the values of the channel.

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