Fox News exec who penned vile column attacking gay Olympians is out

A Fox News exec who penned a shocking column attacking gay and ethnic minority Olympians is leaving the company.

John Moody has been instrumental for decades at the conservative news network, serving as its executive editor and executive vice president.

Prior to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last month, Moody penned an online comment piece attacking the number of openly gay and minority athletes on the US Olympic team.

He wrote: “Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger.’ It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different’.”

“If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.”

Fox News quickly pulled the column and distanced itself from Moody.

A spokesperson said at the time: “John Moody’s column does not reflect the views or values of FOX News and has been removed.”

Sources within Fox News said the column had not been put through routine checks prior to publication due to Moody’s seniority at the company.

Less than a month after the controversy, the 64-year-old Moody has departed Fox News.

A Fox News spokesperson confirmed the news, telling CNN: “John Moody has retired from Fox News”.

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