FOX News anchor Kelly Wright: 'Indefensible and inexcusable' institutional racism at network

Fox News anchor Kelly Wright has accused his employer of maintaining a culture where institutional racism blunts efforts to attract a more multicultural audience.

A day after Wright joined with others in filing a racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News, Wright spoke at a news conference Wednesday at the offices of the Wigdor LLC law firm representing him and other plaintiffs.

Wright asserted that he is the only African-American anchor at Fox News and that the cabler only has a handful of black and Latino reporters. "In 2017, that should not be the case," Wright said, calling it "indefensible and inexcusable" given the talent pool available. "It speaks volumes (about) the disregard to equality at Fox News."

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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 30: Fox TV anchor Kelly Wright walks the red carpet at the Gillette Fusion Men of Style Awards at the Lux Lounge on November 30, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Fox News correspondent Kelly Wright attends the NLGJA's 15th Annual New York Benefit at Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams SoHo Store on March 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 31: (L - R) Pasclal O'Reilay, Bree Cotter, Monica Watkins; Kelly Wright, and Jerry Chu attend the 5th Annual Better World Awards at Hotel Ella on October 31, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for International Luxury Media)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Fox News anchor Kelly Wright speaks to the media as he joins other current and former Fox employees at a press conference organized by his attorney Doug Wigdor of Wigdor LLP on April 26, 2017 in New York City. Wright, and ten other plaintiffs, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court in which they claim that they faced years of racial discrimination at Fox. The complaints came less than a week after Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. fired its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, over sexual harassment claims. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Fox News anchor Kelly Wright becomes emotional as he joins other current and former Fox employees at a press conference this morning organized by his attorney Doug Wigdor of Wigdor LLP on April 26, 2017 in New York City. Wright, and ten other plaintiffs, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court in which they claim that they faced years of racial discrimination at Fox. The complaints came less than a week after Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. fired its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, over sexual harassment claims. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Fox News anchor Kelly Wright speaks to the media as he joins other current and former Fox employees at a press conference organized by his attorney Doug Wigdor of Wigdor LLP on April 26, 2017 in New York City. Wright, and ten other plaintiffs, filed an amended lawsuit in New York state court in which they claim that they faced years of racial discrimination at Fox. The complaints came less than a week after Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. fired its biggest star, Bill O'Reilly, over sexual harassment claims. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Attorney Douglas Wigdor addresses the media with Fox News host Kelly Wright (L) regarding a race discrimination class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of former and current Fox News employees, in New York, U.S., April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Wright said his suggestions of doing specials and other programming to reach beyond Fox News' stronghold of white viewers has usually fallen on "deaf ears." He added: "Our leaders simply overlook the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.... We can definitely do better."

In a statement issued Tuesday, a Fox News spokeswoman denied the allegations made in the latest lawsuit to hit the network that has been rocked by sexual harassment and racial discrimination claims in the past year.

"Fox News and (executive VP) Dianne Brandi vehemently deny the race discrimination claims in both lawsuits. They are copycat complaints of the original one filed last month. We will vigorously defend these cases," the spokeswoman said.

Wright, who has been with Fox News for more than a decade, at present is co-anchor of the Saturday edition of "America's News Headquarters" and he serves as an overnight breaking news anchor.

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