CNN on Friday announced its firing of Teddy Davis, a senior producer of anchor Jake Tapper's show "State of the Union," over alleged inappropriate behavior.
The network issued a statement saying it had fired Davis after an in-house investigation of his behavior, following an initial report that Davis was dismissed after three women came forward with complaints.
And in still more harassment news: @cnn tells me it dismissed Teddy Davis, senior producer of @jaketapper's "State of the Union" program, over behavior "that does not align with the standards and values of CNN." Three women had complained about Davis.— Paul Farhi (@farhip) November 29, 2017
CNN statement: "A comprehensive investigation was conducted as soon as this matter was brought to our attention. The behavior attributed to Mr. Davis does not align with the standards and values of CNN and Mr. Davis is no longer with the company." https://t.co/XKj2uOQPse— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 29, 2017
In a short statement posted to Twitter, Tapper said he was "fully supportive" of the disciplinary action.
This tweet is accurate. When CNN executives were told about these complaints, they reacted swiftly and appropriately, as they should. Workplaces need to be safe and I am fully supportive of CNN's action. https://t.co/S4ZPNfTCPm— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 29, 2017
Davis's firing comes just hours after NBC News announced it had fired longtime "Today" show host Matt LauerMatthew (Matt) Todd LauerCuomo investigation returns spotlight to workplace harassment Press: Cuomo belongs to wrong party Joe Biden tops Google people searches in 2020 MORE over a "detailed complaint" of inappropriate sexual behavior.
CNN has made several headlines recently in its ongoing feud with President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE, who frequently dismisses the network as "fake news."
Trump singled out CNN on Monday in a tweet saying all the news networks except Fox News should compete in a contest to see which one "is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage" of him.
The president also said it was "great" that CNN announced it would boycott the White House's annual Christmas party this year, and that "we should boycott Fake News CNN."
Michael Weinsten, who is Teddy Davis's attorney, stated, "My client was not accused of sexual harassment. Nor was he ever accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any other sort of lewd conduct.”
— This article was last updated on Jan. 9 at 2:15 p.m. to include a statement from Davis's attorney.