Kiss frontman Gene Simmons got the boot from Fox News for life, for bad behavior displayed off-set. The incident that got the rocker banned occurred on Wednesday.
68-year-old Gene Simmons was a guest of Fox & Friends and of Mornings with Maria on Wednesday, November 15. Unfortunately, things did not go smooth. A representative of the news channel told The Wrap that the rocker, who has been invited numerous times before of the set of Fox News, as well as on the set of Fox Business, misbehaved in such a manner that the management thought it unfit to have him as a further guest.
Simmons has reportedly spoke inappropriately with two of the women in the staff and hit them over the head with the new book that he is currently promoting, titled On Power. And that’s not all.
During the appearance on Maria Bartiromo’s show, he was asked what he thought about Harvey Weinstein. He started his answer by saying “the lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out.” He continued by saying that in his view “men are jacka**es” and blamed testosterone for it. “I’m not validating it or defending it”, he continued.
“Fox finally had enough of Simmons after he crudely insulted female Fox staffers, taunted them and exposed his chest, and otherwise behaved like the “demon” character he plays on stage”, reads an article posted by The Daily Beast journalist Lloyd Grove.
Sources cited by The Daily Beast say that after the shows, Gene Simmons barged in on a meeting , shouted at the staff present to sue him and started saying Michael Jackson pedophilia jokes. It is then that he hit two of the women present at the meeting with his book over the head. He also told some jokes regarding their level of intelligence.
The rocker later issued a statement to the publication in which he said he was indeed a favorite guest of Fox and that he had “tremendous respect the talented women and men who work there”. He apologized for his behavior, but not before mentioning that what has been reported by the press was “highly exaggerated and misleading.”