Fox News Anchor Sent On ‘Vacation’ After Accusing Trump Of Sexual Advances On Her
Courtney Friel, a Los Angeles local TV anchor for a Fox Affiliate KTLA, has been sent on “vacation” after revealing last week that President Donald Trump phoned her and called her “the hottest one at Fox News” and then allegedly said: “You should come up to my office sometime, so we can kiss.”
Friel’s revelation came during an interview with the New York Daily News last week. But her station seemingly disappeared her right after the interview published, according to The Daily Beast.
Last Friday, The Beast writes, Friel wasn’t in the anchor chair at her regularly scheduled 5 p.m. slot, nor was she in it at 6 p.m., nor was she in it at 10 p.m., nor was she in the chair at 11 p.m. And on Sunday, she again was not in the anchor chair at 5, 6, 7, 10 or 11 p.m.
The move caused observers to question such an unannounced break. Why would KTLA remove a popular anchor one day after she revealed that the President of the United States made a sexual overture towards her?
On Saturday, according to a firsthand witness who spoke to The Daily Beast, Friel was interrupted by a paparazzo while shopping for groceries at a West Hollywood Whole Foods. The photographer asked her: “Why are you not on the news right now?”
She responded: “That’s a good question. I’m the weekend anchor, ask them.”
“Do you think you’re going to be fired?” he asked Friel.
“I hope not. I love my job,” she told him, before he snapped some pictures.
A source familiar with the matter confirmed that Friel had been wanting to come forward about Trump’s sexual advances in 2016 but, at the time, had been persuaded not to.
Fox News did not respond to multiple requests for comment.