Jamie Horowitz fired at Fox Sports amid harassment probe

Jamie Horowitz, who has run programming at Fox Sports since May 2015, has been fired from the network amid an internal investigation of sexual harassment claims.

The executive has hired powerhouse litigator Patty Glaser to represent him, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. On Monday, his executive page had already been made inaccessible on the Fox Sports website.

"I regret to inform you that Jamie Horowitz, President of National Networks for Fox Sports, will be leaving Fox Sports effective immediately. We realize this news may come as a surprise for many of you, but we are confident in this decision," read a memo from Eric Shanks, president, chief operating officer of Fox Sports.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: Jamie Horowitz, VP at ESPN, speaks onstage during the Olbermann panel at the ESPN portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: TV Personality Keith Olbermann (L) and Jamie Horowitz, VP at ESPN, speak onstage during the Olbermann panel at the ESPN portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 03: President, FOX Sports National Networks Jamie Horowitz attends Glazer Palooza and Suits and Sneakers on February 3, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Glazer Palooza)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Jamie Horowitz, Michael Smith, Cari Champion, Skip Bayless and Jemele Hill attend IAVA 7th Annual Heroes Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for IAVA)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Phil Griffin, Jamie Horowitz and Bill Wolff attend the CAA TV News Party 2014 on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for CAA)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 03: TV personality Kristine Leahy and President, FOX Sports National Networks Jamie Horowitz attend Glazer Palooza and Suits and Sneakers on February 3, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Glazer Palooza)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 28: Jamie Horowitz and wife Kara Falkenstein attend Taste for a Cure Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 24: TV Personality Keith Olbermann (L) and Jamie Horowitz, VP at ESPN, speak onstage during the Olbermann panel at the ESPN portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Shanks also added in the memo: "Everyone at Fox Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, function or show we contribute to — should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times. These values are non-negotiable."

Horowitz's attorney Patty Glaser responded in a statement: "The way Jamie has been treated by Fox is appalling. At no point in his tenure was there any mention by his superiors or human resources of any misconduct or an inability to adhere to professional conduct. Jamie was hired by Fox to do a job, a job that until today he has performed an exemplary fashion. Any slanderous accusations to the contrary will be vigorously defended."

At the network, Horowitz oversaw Fox Sports 1 and 2 and hired a slew of ESPN talent like Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock, aimed at shifting programming toward opinionated talk.

Prior to his turn at Fox Sports, Horowitz worked at NBC News, where his tenure as general manager at the Today show ended in his firing in November 2014 after attempting to engineer a dramatic makeover of the show.

He had previously been a highly regarded exec at ESPN and ABC's Good Morning America.

More to come.


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