A veteran Fox News executive who “got into hot water” over a column last month has left the company, according to media reports. John Moody, whose “darker, gayer, different” comment about the U.S. Winter Olympic team drew sharp criticism, has “retired from Fox News,” the network said in a statement.
“Moody was a key lieutenant to the late Fox News executive Roger Ailes, but his impact and oversight had receded in recent years,” The Hollywood Reporter notes. “Still, he held the titles executive editor and executive vice president for Fox News, which spoke to his seniority at the company.”
THR adds: “Moody had gotten Fox News into hot water for writing in early February that the U.S. Olympic Committee aspired to make the Winter Olympics team ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’ Three gay rights organizations criticized the piece in statements to The Hollywood Reporter.”
The piece was taken down two days after it was published on the Fox News website. The network said in a statement at the time: “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of Fox News and has been removed.”