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Gene Simmons Reportedly Banned From Fox News

Gene Simmons Reportedly Banned From Fox News

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has been banned for life from Fox News and Fox Business Network programs following "inappropriate and sexist antics" during an office meeting - an unprecedented decision coming from the network with a history of enabling abusers.

Simmons recently appeared on Fox & Friends and Fox Business' Mornings with Maria to promote his new book On Power.

According to The Daily Beast's report of the incident, Simmons shouted "Hey chicks, sue me!" after revealing his "chest and belly".

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning. No one at Spin has read Simmons brand new book, which is actually called On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power, but one wonders if trademarking hacks are among the power moves presumably discussed within.




The account of Simmons' behavior came from an interview a Fox employee gave to the website The Daily Beast. The outlet also reported that he made jokes about Michael Jackson and pedophilia while insulting the intelligence of network employees. A little unorthodox, but it was all fun and games until Maria asked him about the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.

His alleged behaviour was reported to a supervisor and then escalated to human resources, and the singer was subsequently given a permanent ban from the NY building, with his photograph being posted at the security entrance with a "do no admit" warning.

"Okay, I'm a powerful and attractive man, and what I'm about to say is deadly serious", he said on Mornings with Maria. "I'm not validating it or defending it", he said.

Simmons, an outspoken conservative who has been a frequent guest on Fox News and Fox Business over the years, was banned on Wednesday for speaking crudely to female network staffers and hitting two of them over the head with a copy of his new book, a network spokesperson told TheWrap.