Fox News host Eric Bolling out following sexual harassment accusations

Fox News show host Eric Bolling has exited the cable channel following an internal investigation into whether Bolling sent unsolicited lewd text messages to female colleagues.

“Fox News Channel is canceling The Specialists, and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to Mic Friday. “We thank Eric for his 10 years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.”

It’s unclear which show will replace The Specialists, which had aired at 5 p.m. on weeknights.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Fox Host Eric Bolling sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: �ox Hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino and Greg Gutfeld sit on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Eric Bolling of Fox News attends the Capitol File 58th Presidential Inauguration Reception at Fiola Mare on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Fox Host Eric Bolling sits on the panel of Fox News Channel's 'The Five' as pundit Bob Beckel rejoins the show at FOX Studios on January 17, 2017 in New York City. � (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Anthony Taitt , Anthony Scaramucci and Eric Bolling attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Adrienne Bolling and Eric Bolling attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Fox News television personality Eric Bolling arrives at Trump Tower, November 16, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Eric Bolling, Adrienne Bolling, Beverly Johnson and Bryan Maillian attend SkyBridge Capital Holiday Celebration at Hunt & Fish Club on December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hannah Davis and Eric Bolling appear on 'FOX and Friends' at FOX Studios on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Karl Rove, Hannah Davis and Eric Bolling pose for a group photo at 'FOX and Friends' at FOX Studios on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Eric Bolling speak on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Eric Bolling pose on set as host Elisabeth Hasselbeck returns to FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Eric Bolling attends the 2012 Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC Partners on September 11, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: TV personality Alex Trebek (3rd R) and hosts of 'The Five' (L-R) Eric Bolling and Dana Perino attend FOX News' 'The Five' at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Co-host Eric Bolling attends FOX News' 'The Five' at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Beth Ostrosky Stern along with FOX & Friends host Eric Bolling promotes the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter whilst visiting the set of 'FOX & Friends' at FOX Studios on August 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: TV personality Padma Lakshmi with 'FOX & Friends' hosts Eric Bolling, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade visit FOX and Friends at FOX Studios on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 24: Eric Bolling and Liz Claman attend A Celebration for the Launch of THE FOX BUSINESS NETWORK at Temple of Dendur on October 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by JIMI CELESTE/patrickmcmullan.com/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Adrienne Bolling and Eric Bolling during 6th Annual Artrageous Gala Dinner and Art Auction at Cipriani, 42nd Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
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Bolling had been absent from Fox News since Aug. 5, the day after a bombshell report in HuffPost that alleged he had sent unsolicited photos of male genitalia to at least three female colleagues at Fox News and Fox Business.

At the time, Fox said in a statement to Mic that the channel would conduct an internal investigation into the allegations, and that Bolling would be suspended from the network until the investigation was complete.

Bolling has denied the charges made against him. He has also threatened to sue reporter Yashar Ali for defamation. Ali and HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen said they stood by the report, which had 14 sources.

Bolling’s departure marks the latest sexual harassment scandal at the channel. In 2016, Fox News’s chairman Roger Ailes left the company following a high-profile sexual harassment lawsuit from former anchor Gretchen Carlson, which spurred a number of other women to allege similar treatment. Several months later, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was forced out after reports that he and Fox News had quietly settled a number of sexual harassment suits.

Meanwhile, Charles Payne, a host on Fox Business, returned to the channel Friday after he was cleared in an investigation into claims of sexual harassment, the Los Angeles Timesreported Friday.

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