Fox made a series of remarks about Ava Evans, the political correspondent for online news site Joe.
Speaking on an episode of Dan Wooton Tonight on Tuesday, Fox described Evans as a “little woman” and asked: “who’d want to shag that?”
Ms Evans shared a clip of the comments on social media site X, formerly known as Twitter, with the caption “Laurence Fox just did a whole speech on GB News on why men apparently won’t shag me ?” which has been viewed more than 2.1 million times.
Laurence Fox just did a whole speech on GB News on why men apparently won’t shag me ? pic.twitter.com/XoQD0DUQVm
— Ava-Santina (@AvaSantina) September 26, 2023
In a follow up post on X she added that the footage made her feel “physically sick”.
Taking to X, Ofcom issued a statement saying: “We can confirm we’ve received a number of complaints about comments made by Laurence Fox on GB News last night.
“We are assessing these complaints against our broadcast rules and will publish the outcome as quickly as possible.”
GB News issues apology
In a statement, GB News posted on X saying: “Comments made tonight on GB News by Laurence Fox were totally unacceptable.
“What he said does not reflect our values and we apologise unreservedly for the comments and the offence they have caused.
“We have launched an investigation and will be apologising to the individual involved.”
Dear @AvaSantina I think you’re brilliant. Earlier tonight I was attempting to find your tweets to read back from my iPad and couldn’t locate them.
I apologise for what was said during the course of my show and should have done this immediately on air. This
This is not what our…
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) September 26, 2023
Dan Wooton also posted a message to Ms Evans on the social media site, saying: “I think you’re brilliant. Earlier tonight I was attempting to find your tweets to read back from my iPad and couldn’t locate them.
“I apologise for what was said during the course of my show and should have done this immediately on air.
“This is not what our channel is about.”
The PA News Agency has approached Fox and Ofcom have for comment.
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