FOX Nation host Tyrus sent lewd text messages to colleague: 'Pull your boobs out'

Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s subscription streaming service, Fox Nation, sent lewd and inappropriate text messages to his now-former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, according to four sources familiar with the texts’ contents.

The messages, which have not previously been reported, include texts in which Tyrus said to McHenry: “Just pull your boobs out now why don’t you. Just grin and bare it” and “keep being negative and I’ll send you another dick pic.”

In June, The Daily Beast reported that Tyrus was pulled off the show he co-hosted with McHenry, after McHenry complained to the network about him.

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WASHINGTON DC - AUGUST 30: Britt McHenry, a former ESPN reporter is making the transition to news on Fox and has a new show starting in October. She visits the Fox news set on August 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: ESPN sideline reporter Brittany McHenry works the pregame broadcast prior to the start of the game between the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Washington 20-17. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON DC - AUGUST 30: Britt McHenry, a former ESPN reporter is making the transition to news on Fox and has a new show starting in October. She visits the Fox news set on August 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mary F. Calvert For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: ESPN sideline reporter Brittany McHenry works the pregame broadcast prior to the start of the game between the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Washington 20-17. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: ESPN reporter Britt McHenry watches the action on the court before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Licensing Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16: Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose poses for a photo with ESPN reporter Britt McHenry after an interview prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: ESPN reporter Britt McHenry laughs with colleagues on the sidelines before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots on September 20, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. New England defeats Buffalo 40-32. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Editor in chief and publisher of Capitol File Magazine Sarah Schaffer (L) and Britt McHenry attend Capitol File's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner after party presented by The Bipartisan Policy Center on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Capitol File Magazine)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 31: Britt McHenry plays soccer during the 2011 Celebrity Soccer Challenge at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf on July 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: FILE, Britt McHenry, ABC7 weekend sports anchor, has fun in the candy apple Cadillac XTS 2013 (Cadillac was a sponsor and the car was being raffled off); there were also candy apple drinks and a candy bar, not to mention go-go dancers and models on pedestals, at Washington Life's 7th Annual Young and the Guest List party (YGL) held Monday December 17, 2012 at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. This is the magazines celebration of under-40 over-achievers in politics, media, business, diplomacy, public service, sports, philanthropy, and the arts. (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo For the Washington Post)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, ESPN television reporter Britt McHenry smiles before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. McHenry tells Marie Claire in an article published online Dec. 12, 2016, that stress over a viral video that showed her hurling personal insults toward a towing company clerk may have led to a condition that caused permanent eye damage. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) is interviewed after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers by ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, right, in Baltimore. ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk's intelligence, job and appearance. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday, April 16, that McHenry has been suspended for a week. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
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In a second story, The Daily Beast reported that McHenry’s complaint included a claim of sexual harassment against Tyrus.

Between November 2018 and January 2019, Tyrus sent texts like this one to McHenry: “I love the fact your always working if we ever had sex I feel like after an orgazzum you say speaking of feeling good did see the story on the puppy rescue we should do a segment on it hand me my phone.”

In response to this text message, McHenry replied “Hahahaha.” (Women who deal with harassment in any form often employ humor as a way to change the subject.)

In response to other inappropriate text messages, McHenry shifted the conversation to other topics.

McHenry shared the contents of the messages with multiple friends months ago. She told them she was upset by the messages and wanted advice on how she should handle the situation. Some of McHenry’s friends spoke to HuffPost on the condition they not be identified, as McHenry had not authorized them to speak to a reporter.

When the matter first surfaced, Fox News said in a statement, “While we are not at liberty to discuss the details of any employee matter, we follow strict protocols when matters such as these are brought to our attention, and we make no exceptions. The process works because of the extensive systems and measures we have instituted. This situation was independently investigated and we consider the matter resolved. We respect the confidentiality of all involved.”

But despite proclaiming the matter was resolved, the messages reveal unquestionable examples of inappropriate workplace behavior.

A Fox News spokesperson declined to comment for this article. Tyrus did not immediately respond to a direct message on Twitter.

Tyrus is a former WWE wrestler and joined Fox News formally as a contributor in 2016. He is a regular guest on “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” which airs on Saturdays on the Fox News channel. He also regularly appears on Dana Perino’s daily program, “The Daily Briefing.”

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Former pro-wrestler Tyrus was booted off his Fox Nation show after co-host Britt McHenry filed a sexual harassment complaint against him with Fox News management. Last week, The Daily Beast reported that Tyrus was kicked off of Un-PC after an unspecified personal dispute with McHenry. Since then, multiple sources have confirmed to The Daily Beast that the dispute centered around McHenry’s contention that Tyrus had, on multiple occasions, sent her unwanted and unsolicited text messages with lewd, sexual comments.
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Allegations of sexual harassment are staining Fox News Channel  once again as former pro wrestler and Fox Nation host Tyrus has been the subject of an investigation stemming from claims made by his former co-host. With the sordid legacy of Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly clearly tainting the optics of the situation, the cable newer today […]
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After graduating from journalism school, McHenry was a sports reporter at local network affiliates. She joined ESPN in 2014 as a sports reporter. In 2017, ESPN laid her off along with 100 other employees, and she joined Fox News as a contributor in July 2018.

In October 2018, Fox News announced that McHenry and Tyrus would host the show “UN-PC” on Fox Nation, the network’s digital streaming channel. The first episode premiered in November 2018.

In April, Fox Nation split the hosts up. Tyrus received his own show, “NuffSaid,” and McHenry continued to host “UN-PC” with a substitute host, Tom Shillue. The network has promoted Tyrus’ show on Fox Nation’s official Instagram account three times in the past month. But Fox Nation has only promoted McHenry and “UN-PC” on its Instagram account once in the past month.

A source familiar with internal workings told HuffPost that McHenry “does not have a permanent co-host for UN-PC at this time, so the team that runs the Instagram account is likely waiting until the show’s co-host is finalized before they push the show even more on social media. Tyrus has a brand new show with new assets.”

Since Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch pushed out Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes almost three years ago, the organization has undergone a shift in how it deals with human resources issues, especially around accusations of sexual misconduct.

The HR director for Fox News now reports to the parent company, Fox Corporation (previously 21st Century Fox). When a Fox News employee is accused of misconduct, they are normally suspended pending investigation. An outside law firm typically conducts such investigations.

But according to multiple sources, Tyrus was not suspended while his conduct was investigated, something that confounded sources inside Fox News. A source familiar with internal workings told HuffPost that “suspensions are determined on a case by case basis and we follow the recommendations of outside independent investigators when we use them.”

In a statement sent via email, McHenry’s lawyers said: “Neither we nor Ms. McHenry are commenting at this time other than to say that Ms. McHenry looks forward to continuing to progress in her career at Fox.”

Outside of the statement from her lawyers, McHenry has made no public comment on the matter. But Tyrus did post a screenshot of a Philadelphia Inquirer story with the headline “Fox News: We investigated Britt McHenry’s allegations against Tyrus, and consider the matter closed.”

In the caption of the Instagram post, Tyrus wrote: #nuffsaid 

Tyrus deleted his post shortly after it went up.

CLARIFICATION: This article has been updated to describe Fox Nation as a subscription streaming service rather than a digital channel, and to clarify Tyrus’ role at the network.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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