Gossip: Fox News Fires Host Bob Beckel For Racist Comment; Elite Private School Letting Boys Wear Skirts

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Variety reports:

Fox News Channel is parting ways – again – with Bob Beckel, the co-host of its prime time program, “The Five.” “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” the network said in a statement. The dismissal opens – or perhaps closes – another chapter in an off-and-on relationship Beckel has had with the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet over the years.

Beckel, a longtime political consultant as well as a former campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, joined Fox News in 2000, and had a years-long tenure on “The Five” when it aired in the late afternoon. Indeed, he was one of the program’s original co-hosts. Beckel leaves after Fox News made “The Five” part of its primetime lineup just a few weeks ago, part of an effort to realign the most-watched part of its schedule after O’Reilly’s departure last month.

Elite Private School Letting Boys Wear Skirts As Part Of New Gender-Neutral Dress Code

An elite private school in the UK is set to establish a new gender-neutral uniform policy that will allow male students to wear skirts.

North London’s Highgate School decided to make the change to better support its gender non-binary, transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

The current dress code allows female students to wear pants, trousers and blazers, but doesn’t allow boys to wear the school’s standard pleated skirt. Under the new policy, students will be permitted to wear whatever article of clothing from the uniform set that they wish.

“This generation is really questioning being binary in the way we look at things,” headteacher Adam Pettitt told The Times.

“[Some people] write in and say, if you left children to their own devices they would grow up differently and you are promoting the wrong ideas,” he said. “[But], if [students can] feel happier and more secure in who they are, it must be a good thing.”

He concluded: “We will need to become understanding of what is a sensible reaction to this at different ages.”

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