Fox News veteran Kelly Wright, on Wednesday emotionally described being demeaned and prevented from advancing in his career due to racial bias.
“This hurts,” Wright said, the Blaze reported. “This hurts. I am here reluctantly because I prefer sitting behind an anchor desk delivering news to you, the viewer — reporting, delivering the news. … I am here reluctantly because I am not against any man or woman at Fox News. The truth is I admire, I like and even love the people who I work with and for. But I don’t like what they do.”
On Tuesday, 11 current and former employees filed a class action suit against the network, parent company 21st Century Fox, Fox News general counsel Dianne Brandi, and former Fox News comptroller Judith Slater.
The class action suit follows a separate lawsuit against the network from two current and former employees, who in March alleged that they’d experienced “top-down racial harassment” from Slater when she ran the payroll department.
“I can no longer sit in silence, collect my paycheck and act like I didn’t experience racial bias on my own level as an on-air personality,” Wright said. He said he wasn’t part of any left-wing effort to hurt Fox and that he admires and likes many of the people there, “but I don’t like what they do.”
He said he was the only black male anchor at Fox and that his career had stalled with promised opportunities never materializing.
“Our hope is that Fox will take a more conciliatory approach,” he said, “although I doubt that.”