LAURENCE Fox has been suspended after going on a "sick" rant about journalist Ava Evans on GB News.
The speech sparked fury across the political divide – with the channel forced to apologise.
What did Laurence Fox say?
Fox, 45, was initially an actor, with one of his most notable roles in ITV's detective series Lewis.
However, he has recently become a commentator and even launched his own political party, the Reclaim Party, in 2020.
Framing himself as an activist, he has joined panel discussions with GB News.
But he sparked outrage on the show on September 26, 2023, when he spoke to Dan Wootton, saying what "self-respecting man" would "climb into bed" with a journalist.
The panellist was speaking on a live discussion after PoliticsJOE reporter Ava Evans.
Fox then said: "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.
"They're pathetic and embarrassing.
"Who'd want to s**g that?"
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Who is Ava Evans and what did she say?
Ava Evans is a political correspondent at the website Joe.
She described feeling "physically sick" after hearing Fox rant about her on live TV.
Fox's rant sparked fury across the political divide.
Ministers, shadow ministers and journalists leapt to Ms Evans' defence, calling out the presenter's misogynistic behaviour.
Ms Evans, who is often a guest on TalkTV, posted on X: "Laurence Fox just did a whole speech on GB News on why men apparently won't shag me?"
Minutes later, she added: "I feel physically sick."
Piers Morgan also slammed Fox's comments, saying: "Ava is a very talented journalist and delightful person.
"Fox is a disgusting piece of misogynist trash."
Was Laurence Fox suspended for his comments on GB News?
Just hours after his comments, Fox was suspended from the channel.
In a statement GB News said: "GB News has formally suspended Laurence Fox while we continue our investigation into comments he made on the channel last night.
"Mr Fox's suspension is effective immediately and he has been taken off air.
"We will be apologising formally to Ms Evans today."
Ofcom today announced it would launch an investigation into the tirade after receiving swathes of complaints.
A spokesperson for the TV regulator said: "We can confirm we've received a number of complaints about comments made by Laurence Fox on GB News last night.
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"We are assessing these complaints against our broadcast rules and will publish the outcome as quickly as possible."
GB News also suspended Dan Wootton following the comments made on his programme.
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