KISS frontman’s wild behavior reportedly got him kicked out of the network’s studios
By David Sands
November 21, 2017
Gene Simmons has developed a reputation for saying and doing outrageous things over the years, but this time his antics have reportedly resulted in him being banned permanently from Fox News.
According to the Daily Beast, Simmons was added to the conservative news network’s no-film list, after appearing on Fox & Friends and Mornings with Maria, a Fox Business Network show hosted by Maria Bartiromo to talk about his new book On Power.
The KISS frontman and bassist’s visit to Fox News’ studios started mellowly enough, with Bartiromo asking him to weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.
To her inquiry, Simmons responded: “I’m a powerful and attractive man and what I’m about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. And from the time we’re young, we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it. Guys need to be trained from their very, very young ages from their mothers and their loved ones that half the world’s population are female, and they need to be treated with respect.”
Unfortunately, Gene didn’t seem to take his own advice. Because after the filming, he reportedly burst into a staff meeting, yelling “Hey chicks, sue me!” Simmons was then said to have pulled open his shirt revealing his bare chest before launching into a round of pedophile jokes about Michael Jackson. According to accounts, he then wrapped this up by bonking two employees on their heads with his book while mocking their respective IQs.
As a result of this behavior, the rock star has reportedly been banned for life from the building and will not appear on any future Fox News or Fox Business Network shows. Responding to recent reports about his conduct while visiting the news network, Simmons released the following statement:
“I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there. While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit.”
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