John Moody out at Fox News after controversial Olympics column

John Moody, the longtime Fox News executive who stirred controversy last month with a column about the U.S. Olympic team, has left the cabler.

Moody was executive VP and executive editor of the all-news cabler. A company spokeswoman confirmed he had retired.

Moody penned a column last month that was critical of aspects of the Team USA at the winter games in PyeongChang, South Korea. He observed that the profile of the athletes was “darker, gayer, different.” The column was subsequently removed from the Fox News website and the company issued a statement saying Moody’s views did not “reflect the values” of Fox News.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 14: Executive vice president John Moody of 'Fox News' speak during day seven of the Fox Image Campaign 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 14, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 14: (L-R) Political analyst and contributor Howard Wolfson and executive vice president John Moody of 'Fox News' speak during day seven of the Fox Image Campaign 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 14, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 14: (L-R) Host Chris Wallace, political analyst and contributor Karl Rove, political analyst and contributor Howard Wolfson and executive vice president John Moody of 'Fox News' speak during day seven of the Fox Image Campaign 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 14, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
John Moody, Executive Vice President, News Editorial, Fox News takes part in a panel discussion at the Fox TV network summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 14, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
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Moody had been with Fox News since its inception in 1996. He was closely associated with founder and former CEO Roger Ailes who was ousted in mid-2016 amid a sexual harassment scandal.

CNN was first to report Moody’s exit.

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